The 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship is scheduled for May 16-19 at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas. This is one of the oldest active events on the PGA Tour. The defending champion is Jason Dufner. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
*Subject to change
Tournament course: TPC Four Seasons
Yardage: 7166 (70)
2012 Winner's score: 269 (-11)
Thursday May 16 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday May 17 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday May 18 - Round 3 - CBS (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
Sunday May 19 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
Live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra
2. Dark Horse: Jordan Spieth. The young Texan returns to the site of his PGA Tour debut where he, as an amateur, shocked the world with a magnificent top-16 finish. It would be quite a story if he could somehow achieve his first professional win on his "home" course. My head is telling me he is not yet ready to win on tour, but the shock victories by fellow rookies Derek Ernst and Russell Henley prove anything is possible. Spieth certainly knows this course as well as anyone and his talent is undeniable. His year has been mixed to this point, but he does have three top-10s including a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Open. Don't be surprise to see him atop the leaderboard at some point during the final day.
3. Player to Watch: Tianlang Guan. The young Chinese amateur will look to continue his streak of making the cut on the PGA Tour. Of the three U.S. professional tournaments he has participated in, the Byron Nelson offers the best opportunity but also the most risks. The TPC Four Seasons put a premium on accuracy, which bodes well for someone averaging 230-250 yards per drive. If he fails to hit the fairways, however, it will be a nightmare experience for the young golfer. The punishment for missing the fairways here is severe, as he will likely struggle to reach anywhere close to the green from the heavy roughs even with his best effort. There are two possible outcomes for Guan in Texas. He will either earn his best finish (top 40 or better) or post very big numbers to easily miss the cut. I am hoping for the former.
4. Top Favorites: 1. Matt Kuchar | 2. Jason Day (His record here is impeccable, one win and 2 other top-10s in three starts) | 3. Keegan Bradley (Former champion whose game fits this course well) |