PGA TOUR: Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IMay 21, 2010

IRVING, TX - MAY 21: Jordan Spieth reacts to a missed putt during the second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas on May 21, 2010 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the Las Colinas Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving Texas.


"Let's do," as the pretty girl likes to say…


Let's do this day backwards…


Country music artist Pat Green will be performing on site at the Pavilion After Dark to likely tens of thousands of golf fans baked in suds and sun all day long.


His gold-certified album and best single "Wave on Wave," could be the title track for the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship.


Showcasing "Wave-on-Wave" of the new young talent on the PGA TOUR.


Those out on tour today like 21-year old phenom Rickie Fowler who already has four Top 10s in his rookie season.


Those out there today at TPC Four Seasons like 16-year old amateur Jason Spieth who needs to catch up a bit with his high school work to pass upcoming finals to make it to his senior year in high school next year.


After that, he has committed to become a Texas Longhorn so we likely won't see him consistently out on tour until at least the 2014 season.


"Wave-on-Wave" of good young talent to complement the "not-so-old" talent like Japan's 24-year old Yuta Ikeda, the "Phi Mickelson of Japan" in that he is second at home behind the dominant "Japanese Tiger" Ryo Ishikawa.


Alex Prugh, at 25 years old, has three Top 10s already as a rookie this season.


The long hitting Gary Woodland is 26 years old on the number today.


Sean O'Hair and Dustin Johnson are the dynamic twosome of youngsters under the age of 30 at the HP Byron nelson, who have won three times on the PGA TOUR.


But don't forget about the old guys in the seas of golfing humanity.


Steve Elkington, at age 47, has opened up with a pair of 66s knowing if he can match that on the weekend he is likely to win for the first time in over ten years.


Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin, at age 50, has started 68-67 trying to become the first to win the Texas Swing needing the HP Byron Nelson to complement two wins at Colonial and one each in Houston and San Antonio.


Even tournament host Byron Nelson who won the very first Texas Victory Open in 1944 was unable to win at Colonial.


The rising tide belongs to Jordan Spieth who with a 68-67 start will be making the cut and possibly contending on the weekend in his very first PGA TOUR event.


He recorded six birdies and three bogeys all on different holes over the first two rounds.


"I'm in shock right now."


Does he feel like a professional golfer after beating a few of them at their own game? 


"I wouldn't say I felt like a pro, because I don't know what a pro feels like, I guess, but it was pretty cool." 


The crowds were large for the youngster Spieth especially since his whole junior class was given the day off and came out to Las Colinas to cheer him on.


"It was really cool.  It's a different ‑‑ it's a new experience for me, and I could get used to it."


Some of the credit may go to Spieth's playing partner Blake Adams for showing Jason how it's done up close and personal by posting 66-64 for the first two rounds.


Though he is 34 years of age, Adams played in his very first PGA TOUR event earlier this year at the SONY Open in Hawaii after graduating third in his class from the Nationwide Tour.


Rookies Galore!


Future Rookies too!


Wave-on-Wave… playing strongly on the PGA TOUR by a guy they call Mr. Green.



Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.


He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.


He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to AndyReistetter@gmail.com


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