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Sunday, May 24, 2015

AT&T Byron Nelson Championship - Preview

The AT&T Byron Nelson Championship takes center state at TPC Four Seasons Resort, with Brendon Todd set to defend his first and only PGA TOUR title. Here is a preview to get you off and running with your research.

TPC Four Seasons Resort is a par-70 layout, stretching out to a modest 7,166 yards. It was redesigned in 2007, so there's no point in taking the research any further back than that date. In fact, 2008 was the first year that TPC Four Seasons Resort was the lone tournament used, as a rotation was in play before that time.

Here is a list of winners and runners up since that time:

  • 2008 - Winner: Adam Scott (7-under 273) over Ryan Moore in a playoff
  • 2009 - Winner: Rory Sabbatini (19-under 261) over Brian Davis (263)
  • 2010 - Winner: Jason Day (270) over Blake Adams, Brian Gay and Jeff Overton
  • 2011 - Winner: Keegan Bradley (277) over Ryan Palmer in a playoff
  • 2012 - Winner: Jason Dufner (269) over Dicky Pride (270)
  • 2013 - Winner: Sang-moon Bae (267) over Keegan Bradley (269)
  • 2014 - Winner: Brendan Todd (266) over Mike Weir (268)

It may require more thought to try and figure out what this cast of characters has in common than is ultimately worth the effort. Of note, this tournament has declined in stature since the passing of Byron Nelson, but the class has risen to the top more times than not. The course is known for having big greens, but with contours that still require accuracy upon approach. 

It's probably better to throw most stats out of the window this week and focus on current form and course history. If you must dive into the stats, focus on some of the key metrics like par 4 scoring average on strokes gained: tee-to-green. That said, nothing could have identified Weir last year or Pride in 2012. 

We will compile the normal information and return later in the week with a power ranking and a one-and-done selection. Until then, happy research!

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