HP Byron Nelson Championship: Preview, Field and TV Schedule

Carlos TorresContributor IMay 15, 2012

Keegan Bradley won last year on the first playoff hole. He is back to defend his title.
Keegan Bradley won last year on the first playoff hole. He is back to defend his title.Darren Carroll/Getty Images

The HP Byron Nelson Championship is the second leg of the PGA Tour's Texas swing and starts this upcoming Thursday May 17th from the Four Season Resort in Irving, Texas.

A 156-player field will take the par-70, 7,166-yard long TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas course and try to take the winner's purse of $1.17 million from the $6.5 million total prize fund.

This tournament usually provides plenty of drama and gets decided in the final holes. Since 1999, six times the tournament has been extended to a playoff finish—the last two times, last year and in 2008. 

In 2008, Adam Scott sank a sensational 48-foot putt on the third playoff hole to win it victory over Ryan Moore. And last year, Keegan Bradley got his first PGA Tour win when he won on the first playoff hole over Ryan Palmer.

The top four players in the world will not be present this weekend, but the field is loaded with talent, and very interesting names headline the field.

Last year's champ, Bradley, is back to defend his title. He will be joined by this past weekend's Players Championship winner Matt Kuchar and recent Hall of Fame inductee Phil Mickelson

Bradley started the year strong, but since his T4 at the Shell Houston Open, in four tournaments he has missed the cut twice. Last year, he finished with a 68 to tie Palmer and eventually win in the first extra hole, maybe this tournament is what the doctor prescribed for him.

Kuchar must still be celebrating from his victory at the Players last Sunday. He is now up to fifth in the world rankings, and may be playing his best golf. He finished T6 last year and with four weeks to go for the U.S. Open, this tournament can help him keep his hot play and moving forward.

Mickelson was never able to get a low round at the Players last weekend. After his T3 at the Masters he has not finished inside the top 25. But being the streaky player that he is, this could serve as the start of his next successful streak.

Louis Oosthuizen finished third, second and first before playing the Players last weekend. What did he do to top that? He missed the cut. The TPC Four Seasons is a different kind of monster than the TPC at Sawgrass, he must be looking forward for a rebound performance here.

As I mentioned before, Scott won in sensational fashion in 2008 and comes into the tournament with five top-20 finishes in six tournaments this year. He started the year late and is playing catch up, this could be the tournament that jump starts his year.

Jason Day won this event in 2010 and last year he shot 69 and 67 on the weekend and finished fifth, three shots behind. He missed four weeks after withdrawing from the Masters due to injury, returned to finish T9 at the Wells Fargo and missed the cut last weekend at the Players.

He plays well here and like Scott, Day can use this tournament to get his year going, especially with the U.S. Open just a month from now.

Jason Dufner finally broke through to win the Zurich Classic, but then finished a disappointing T68 at the Players. He finished T8 last year at this tournament and I am sure he would love to get Bradley on a playoff here and get some revenge for the PGA Championship playoff loss.

Carl Pettersson is a player to watch here. He has seen his world ranking soar from 95th after missing the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to 34th after winning the RBC Heritage. He is down to 36th now, but he just finished T10 at the Players.

Among other notables are veterans Ernie Els (1995) and Vijay Singh (2003) who are returning past winners of this tournament. Also, reigning British Amateur champ, Bryden Macpherson was able to make the field with a sponsors invitation—he turned pro after missing the cut at the Masters.

One player that unfortunately won't be present is the all-time money winner at this tournament, Scott Verplank. He had to withdraw last weekend from the Players after 23 holes with a wrist injury and it has been reported he won't be able to play this weekend either.

Mark your calendars, below you'll find the full info you'll need about the tournament.


Full Players Field and Tee Times

For the full field of players you can click here to see it directly on the PGATour.com web page.

Tee times are ready and posted the day before tournament play begins. Once they are ready you can click here to see them on the PGATour.com web page as well.


TV Coverage (all times ET)

Day Time Channel
Thursday, May 17 3 - 6 p.m. Golf Channel
Friday, May 18 3 - 6 p.m. Golf Channel
Saturday, May 19

3 - 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 20 3 - 6 p.m.



SIRIUS XM (all times ET)

Thursday-Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.