AT&T Byron Nelson
|Course(s)||TPC Craig Ranch|
|Length||7,468 yards (6,829 m)|
|Organized by||Salesmanship Club of Dallas|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||261 Rory Sabbatini (2009)|
261 Aaron Wise (2018)
261 Kang Sung-hoon (2019)
261 Jason Day (2023)
|To par||−26 Lee Kyoung-hoon (2022)|
The AT&T Byron Nelson is a golf tournament in Texas on the PGA Tour, currently hosted by TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, northeast of Dallas. Held in May, it is one of two PGA Tour stops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – which until the 2020-21 PGA Tour, was the only metropolitan area to host two events on separate courses in the area (Las Vegas and Hilton Head have since hosted two events on two separate courses). The tournament is the leading fundraiser for charity on the PGA Tour and has raised more than $143 million. For much of its history, it was the only PGA Tour stop named after a professional golfer, and remains one of only two such events, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As host, Byron Nelson (1912–2006) commonly made appearances during the tournament. It is hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a 600-member civic organization, and has benefited the club's nonprofit Momentous Institute since its inception.
For its first several decades, the tournament was played at various courses in Dallas. Nelson, a Texas native raised in Fort Worth, was the tournament's first winner in 1944, when it was played at Lakewood Country Club. The following year it was played at Dallas Country Club, and then in 1946 moved to Brook Hollow Golf Club. For the better part of the next decade the event was not contested, until two iterations of it were held in 1956, both at Preston Hollow Country Club. In 1957, the event moved to Glen Lake Country Club before it began a decade-long relationship with Oak Cliff Country Club, from 1958 to 1967.
In 1968, fifty-five years ago, the event was renamed the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and its title, through a series of sponsors, has continuously included Nelson's name. That same year the event moved to Preston Trail Golf Club, where it was played through 1982, then moved to venues in Irving: Las Colinas Sports Club (1983–1985) and TPC at Las Colinas (1986–1993).
Beginning in 1994, the tournament was played at two courses, the Tournament Players Course and the Cottonwood Valley Course, both located at the Four Seasons. Previously only the TPC was used, but since the tournament was played in May (during the height of the North Texas storm season), the weather played havoc with the tournament in some years, causing several delays and shortened tournaments. Therefore, the decision was made to add the Cottonwood Valley course in order to shorten the amount of time needed to complete the first two rounds. The first two rounds were played on both courses (each player played one round on each course); after the cut was determined, the TPC is used exclusively for the final two rounds. However, in 2008 the tournament reverted to using only the TPC course, which was significantly renovated.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) bought the previous title sponsor, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in mid-2008. The agreement ran through 2014, with AT&T becoming the title sponsor in 2015; the tournament moved to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club, southeast of downtown Dallas, in 2018. Not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it moved north to TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney in 2021.
- 1956: Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of The Open Championship shoots a final round 63, then makes birdie on the first two holes of sudden death to defeat Gene Littler and Cary Middlecoff. It was his one and only PGA Tour victory in the United States.
- 1976: Mark Hayes becomes the first wire to wire winner of the Nelson.
- 1981: Bruce Lietzke defeated Tom Watson in a playoff spoiling Watson's bid for a 4th straight Nelson triumph.
- 1985: Bob Eastwood defeated Payne Stewart in a playoff after coming to the 72nd hole trailing Stewart by three shots. Eastwood made birdie on the final hole while Stewart made double bogey. Stewart made yet another double bogey on the first hole of sudden death to give Eastwood the title.
- 1994: Neal Lancaster won the first ever six-player sudden death playoff in PGA Tour history. He made a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Tom Byrum, Mark Carnevale, David Edwards, Yoshi Mizumaki, and David Ogrin.
- 2005: Tiger Woods' record streak of 142 cuts made came to an end at this tournament.
- 2006: After graduating from Q school, Brett Wetterich's win propels him to a surprise Ryder Cup appearance.
- 2008: Australian Adam Scott sank a 48-foot putt on the third playoff hole to clinch victory over American Ryan Moore.
- 2010: At age 16, Jordan Spieth (the defending U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and a student at nearby Jesuit College Preparatory School) became the youngest player to play in the tournament, courtesy of a sponsor's exemption (the first one granted since 1995). Spieth would make the cut (becoming the sixth-youngest person in PGA Tour history to make a professional tour event cut) and finish 16th overall. (In 2011 Spieth would again be granted a sponsor's exemption and would again make the cut, finishing 32nd overall.)
- 2013: Keegan Bradley hits a course-record 60 (−10) in the first round. Bradley leads the first three rounds, but Bae Sang-moon earned the win.
- 2018: Aaron Wise sets the tournament record.
- 2019: Kang Sung-hoon won his first PGA Tour title in his 159th start. Scott Piercy went bogey-free for the entire tournament, becoming the first to do so in a 72-hole PGA Tour event since Charles Howell III at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.
|Year||Winner||Score||To par||Margin of
|AT&T Byron Nelson|
|2023||Jason Day (2)||261||−23||1 stroke|| Austin Eckroat
|2022||Lee Kyoung-hoon (2)||262||−26||1 stroke||Jordan Spieth||9,100,000||1,638,000|
|2021||Lee Kyoung-hoon||263||−25||3 strokes||Sam Burns||8,100,000||1,458,000|
|2020||Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|||
|2019||Kang Sung-hoon||261||−23||2 strokes|| Matt Every
|2018||Aaron Wise||261||−23||3 strokes||Marc Leishman||7,700,000||1,386,000|
|2017||Billy Horschel||268||−12||Playoff||Jason Day||7,500,000||1,350,000|
|2016||Sergio García (2)||265||−15||Playoff||Brooks Koepka||7,300,000||1,314,000|
|2015||Steven Bowditch||259[a]||−18||4 strokes|| Charley Hoffman
|HP Byron Nelson Championship|
|2014||Brendon Todd||266||−14||2 strokes||Mike Weir||6,900,000||1,242,000|
|2013||Bae Sang-moon||267||−13||2 strokes||Keegan Bradley||6,700,000||1,206,000|
|2012||Jason Dufner||269||−11||1 stroke||Dicky Pride||6,500,000||1,170,000|
|2011||Keegan Bradley||277||−3||Playoff||Ryan Palmer||6,500,000||1,170,000|
|2010||Jason Day||270||−10||2 strokes|| Blake Adams
|2009||Rory Sabbatini||261||−19||2 strokes||Brian Davis||6,500,000||1,170,000|
|EDS Byron Nelson Championship|
|2008||Adam Scott||273||−7||Playoff||Ryan Moore||6,400,000||1,152,000|
|2007||Scott Verplank||267||−13||1 stroke||Luke Donald||6,300,000||1,134,000|
|2006||Brett Wetterich||268||−12||1 stroke||Trevor Immelman||6,200,000||1,116,000|
|2005||Ted Purdy||265||−15||1 stroke||Sean O'Hair||6,200,000||1,116,000|
|2004||Sergio García||270||−10||Playoff|| Robert Damron
|2003||Vijay Singh||265||−15||2 strokes||Nick Price||5,600,000||1,008,000|
|Verizon Byron Nelson Classic|
|2002||Shigeki Maruyama||266||−14||2 strokes||Ben Crane||4,800,000||864,000|
|2001||Robert Damron||263||−17||Playoff||Scott Verplank||4,500,000||810,000|
|GTE Byron Nelson Classic|
|2000||Jesper Parnevik||269||−11||Playoff|| Davis Love III
|1999||Loren Roberts||262||−18||Playoff||Steve Pate||3,000,000||540,000|
|GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic|
|1998||John Cook||265||−15||3 strokes|| Fred Couples
|1997||Tiger Woods||263||−17||2 strokes||Lee Rinker||1,800,000||324,000|
|1996||Phil Mickelson||265||−15||2 strokes||Craig Parry||1,500,000||270,000|
|1995||Ernie Els||263||−17||3 strokes|| Robin Freeman
D. A. Weibring
|1994||Neal Lancaster||132[b]||−9||Playoff|| Tom Byrum
|1993||Scott Simpson||270||−10||1 stroke|| Billy Mayfair
D. A. Weibring
|1992||Billy Ray Brown||199[c]||−11||Playoff|| Ben Crenshaw
|1991||Nick Price||270||−10||1 stroke||Craig Stadler||1,100,000||198,000|
|1990||Payne Stewart||202[c]||−8||2 strokes||Lanny Wadkins||1,000,000||180,000|
|1989||Jodie Mudd||265||−15||Playoff||Larry Nelson||1,000,000||180,000|
|1988||Bruce Lietzke (2)||271||−9||Playoff||Clarence Rose||750,000||135,000|
|Byron Nelson Golf Classic|
|1987||Fred Couples||266||−14||Playoff||Mark Calcavecchia||600,000||108,000|
|1986||Andy Bean||269||−11||1 stroke||Mark Wiebe||600,000||108,000|
|1985||Bob Eastwood||272||−8||Playoff||Payne Stewart||500,000||90,000|
|1984||Craig Stadler||276||−8||1 stroke||David Edwards||500,000||90,000|
|1983||Ben Crenshaw||273||−7||1 stroke|| Brad Bryant
|1982||Bob Gilder||266||−14||5 strokes||Curtis Strange||350,000||63,000|
|1981||Bruce Lietzke||281||+1||Playoff||Tom Watson||300,000||54,000|
|1980||Tom Watson (4)||274||−6||1 stroke||Bill Rogers||300,000||54,000|
|1979||Tom Watson (3)||275||−5||Playoff||Bill Rogers||300,000||54,000|
|1978||Tom Watson (2)||272||−8||1 stroke||Lee Trevino||200,000||40,000|
|1977||Raymond Floyd||276||−8||2 strokes||Ben Crenshaw||200,000||40,000|
|1976||Mark Hayes||273||−11||2 strokes||Don Bies||200,000||40,000|
|1975||Tom Watson||269||−15||2 strokes||Bob E. Smith||175,000||35,000|
|1974||Buddy Allin||269||−15||4 strokes|| Homero Blancas
|1973||Lanny Wadkins||277||−3||Playoff||Dan Sikes||150,000||30,000|
|1972||Chi-Chi Rodríguez||273||−7||Playoff||Billy Casper||125,000||25,000|
|1971||Jack Nicklaus (2)||274||−6||2 strokes|| Frank Beard
|1970||Jack Nicklaus||274||−6||Playoff||Arnold Palmer||100,000||20,000|
|1969||Bruce Devlin||277||−3||1 stroke|| Frank Beard
|1968||Miller Barber||270||−10||1 stroke||Kermit Zarley||100,000||20,000|
|Dallas Open Invitational|
|1967||Bert Yancey||274||−10||1 stroke|| Roberto De Vicenzo
|1966||Roberto De Vicenzo||276||−8||1 stroke|| Joe Campbell
|1965: No tournament|
|1964||Charles Coody||271||−13||1 stroke||Jerry Edwards||40,000||5,800|
|1963: No tournament|
|1962||Billy Maxwell||277||−3||4 strokes||Johnny Pott||35,000||5,300|
|1961||Earl Stewart||278||−6||1 stroke|| Gay Brewer
|1960||Johnny Pott||275||−5||Playoff|| Ted Kroll
|1959||Julius Boros||274||−10||1 stroke|| Dow Finsterwald
|1958||Sam Snead (3)||272||−8||Playoff|| Julius Boros
|1957||Sam Snead (2)||264||−20||10 strokes|| Bob Inman
|Texas International Open|
|Peter Thomson||267||−13||Playoff|| Gene Littler
|Dallas Centennial Open|
|Don January||268||−12||1 stroke|| Dow Finsterwald
|1947-1955: No tournament|
|1946||Ben Hogan||284||+4||2 strokes|| Herman Keiser
|1945||Sam Snead||276||−12||4 strokes||Jug McSpaden||10,000||2,000|||
|Texas Victory Open|
|1944||Byron Nelson||276||−8||10 strokes||Jug McSpaden||10,000||2,000|||
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Seven players have won this tournament more than once through 2023.
- 4 wins
- Tom Watson: 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980
- 3 wins
- Sam Snead: 1945, 1957, 1958
- 2 wins
- Jack Nicklaus: 1970, 1971
- Bruce Lietzke: 1981, 1988
- Sergio García: 2004, 2016
- Lee Kyoung-hoon: 2021, 2022
- Jason Day: 2010, 2023
- ^ History Archived May 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Our Charity Archived October 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- ^ a b 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Media Guide
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- ^ a b "Byron Nelson Classic in color from Dallas". Schenectady Gazette. New York. April 27, 1968. p. 7, TV.
- ^ "HP becomes new sponsor of Byron Nelson Championship". PGA Tour. October 2, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
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- ^ Australian Thomson Texas Open Champ
- ^ Wire To Wire, It's Hayes
- ^ Lietzke holds off Watson
- ^ Eastwood takes playoff victory
- ^ Journeyman golfer wins big playoff
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- ^ "PGA Tour statement regarding additional tournament cancellations". PGA Tour. March 17, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
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- ^ "Nelson Adda To Bankings". San Jose Evening News. San Jose, California. International News Service. September 11, 1944. p. 6. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- ^ AT&T Byron Nelson – Winners Archived 2016-10-04 at the Wayback Machine – at www.pgatour.com
- ^ HP Byron Nelson Championship – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1970–2009)
- ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.