Submitted by George Hines
With Players over now we head to Texas for the Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Bradley is the defending champion and will be looking to defend his title. The Byron Nelson tournament is one of the oldest tournaments founded in 1944.
The first round of the Byron Nelson played at TPC Four Seasons got under way. Rocca Mediate made the first blip on the screen with a hole-in-one on 13, a par 3 of 180 yards. Scott Stallings, from Knoxville, TN, your writer’s home town, broke to the front of the pack with Cameron Beckman at 65 in ideal conditions. Keegan Bradley, defending champion from 2011 Robert Garrigus, and Jimmy Walker closed to within one of the two leaders. At 67 in third was the fivesome of Heath Slocum, Chad Campbell, D.A. Points, Tommy Gainey, and Duffy Waldorf.
Y. E. Yang sprinted 16 spots to share the lead with the returning champion Keegan Bradley at 7 under. D. A. Points and Jason Dufner moved forward into 2nd at 6 under. Chad Campbell slipped into sole ownership of third at 5 under on cut day.
Jimmy Walker moved forward 5 spots on move day with a 65 to first and 8 under. Jason Dufner and D.A. Points joined Y. E. Yang and Keegan Bradley at 2nd 7 under to set up championship Sunday. Boo Weekly worked himself into 3rd place with a 68 at 5 under.
D.A. Points demons set upon him on Sunday when he shot a 75. His record in our tourneys is that he has a problem on Sunday with rounds in the 70’s. Jason Dufner shot a one over 73 on the final day. Jimmy Walker labored with a front nine of 39 after two bogies and a double bogey. Both Y. E. Yang and Keegan Bradley went at the course with 34’s on the front 9. Keegan Bradley stepped off the back nine with two quick birdies on 10 and 11, but back to back bogeys on 15 and 16, and another on 18 ended his title defense. Jimmy Walker came back after his early faults with 4 birdies, but it was Y. E. Yang bogeying 18 to cause the tie. Both players living in Texas caused the crowd to get into the playoff as it began and ended on 17, a par three, which Jimmy Walker birdied the hole for his first PGA victory, while Y. E. Yang played even.
|272-Jimmy Walker||66||71||65||70x-won in a one hole playoff|
|272-Y E Yang||69||64||70||69|