World No. 2 Jordan Spieth headlines a strong field in the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas. A native to the Dallas metropolitan area, Spieth will be aiming to claim a victory in front of a supportive home crowd after narrowly missing out on a win in Fort Worth's Crowne Plaza Invitational last week.
Spieth was asked about draining a long birdie on the 18th in front of friends and family at Fort Worth during a post-play press conference with Stephen Hawkins of the Associated Press, via PGA.com, and the 21-year-old phenom remained humble. He said, "I wanted to give them something to cheer about. It was nice to have that one just to give myself an outside chance."
While Spieth didn't come away with the win, he gained plenty of momentum and successfully ended his post-Masters hangover. However, another tough test awaits at the 7,166-yard, par-70 TPC Four Seasons—a course that features undulating greens, enormous bunkers and plenty of water hazards.
As we anxiously await the commencement of this year's AT&T Byron Nelson, let's take a look at the tournament's essential viewing information, prize money and some notable Thursday tee times.
2015 AT&T Byron Nelson
Dates: Thursday, May 28 - Sunday, May 31
Where: TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas
Purse: $7.1 million (winning share: $1.278 million)
FedEx Cup Points: 500 to winner
- Thursday and Friday: 4-7 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
- Saturday and Sunday: 3-6 p.m. ET, CBS
Notable Thursday Tee Times
|2015 AT&T Byron Nelson: Notable Thursday Tee Times|
|Golfer||Tee Time (ET)|
|Charley Hoffman||8:40 a.m.|
|Hunter Mahan||8:50 a.m.|
|Ian Poulter||8:50 a.m.|
|Jimmy Walker||8:50 a.m.|
|Dustin Johnson||8:50 a.m.|
|Brandt Snedeker||9 a.m.|
|Matt Kuchar||9 a.m.|
|Zach Johnson||9 a.m.|
|Marc Leishman||9:40 a.m.|
|John Huh||1:20 p.m.|
|Gary Woodland||1:30 p.m.|
|Jason Day||1:50 p.m.|
|Brendon Todd||1:50 p.m.|
|Keegan Bradley||1:50 p.m.|
|Jordan Spieth||2 p.m.|
|Brooks Koepka||2 p.m.|
|Justin Thomas||2 p.m.|
|Jerry Kelly||2:30 p.m.|
Full tournament tee times can be viewed at PGATour.com.
Stars to Watch
Spieth cured the swing issues that caused him to miss the cut in The Players Championship just in time to give himself a fighting chance in his hometown tournament. Despite some Round 2 hiccups in the Crowne Plaza Invitational, he was back to his old ways, shooting 11 under par in the soggy conditions.
His success in Fort Worth should translate nicely to Irving, as weather is expected to play a big role once again. Defending champion Brendon Todd had this to say about the course's conditions during an interview with Mike McAllister of PGATour.com: "The golf course is totally under water. Not a dry spot in any fairway."
Perhaps recently playing well in wet conditions will help Spieth capture his first win at TPC Four Seasons. The world No. 2 is appearing in the tournament for the fifth time, and he hasn't had much previous success, as he's still looking for his first top-15 showing.
Dustin Johnson will be an interesting name to watch this week. He hasn't teed it up since finishing tied for 69th in The Players Championship, but he was enjoying plenty of success beforehand. This season, Johnson notched a win in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a runner-up finish in the Northern Trust Open and three more top-10 showings.
Johnson's has plenty of past success at TPC Four Seasons as well, earning three top-10 finishes in his last four starts at the course. Last year, he finished tied for seventh with an actual scoring average of 68.375. While he has yet to win in Irving, that's a pretty solid trend for the world No. 10.
Jason Day may be coming off a missed cut in The Players Championship, but he certainly isn't a golfer to write off at TPC Four Seasons. The world No. 8 has enjoyed plenty of success on the course, collecting his first PGA Tour victory there in 2010.
While good ball-strikers tend to fare well in Irving, hitters of the long ball will also have an advantage this week, as we should expect a soft track, severely lengthening the course. Day is ranked fourth on tour in driving distance, averaging 306.5 yards off the tee. Capable of making those drives count, Day is also ranked first on tour in both par-three scoring average and par-four scoring average.
Those are some pretty solid stats considering TPC Four Seasons only boasts two par fives. Day may be having a bit of a roller-coaster season, but this track suits his game well. Don't be surprised if you see Day in Sunday's final pairing.