|HP Byron Nelson Championship Facts|
Championship Dates: May 13-19 (45th consecutive playing)
Location: Tournament Players Course (TPC) at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, Irving, Texas.
2012 Champion: Jason Dufner
Purse: $6.7 million in prize money for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The champion of this prestigious event receives $1.206 million.
Television Coverage: GOLF CHANNEL airs live early-round coverage on Thursday and Friday. CBS carries the final two rounds live on Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday 16 - Friday 17: 2-5 (CDT) The Golf Channel
Saturday 18 - Sunday 19: 2-5 (CDT) CBS
Sponsor: The Salesmanship Club of Dallas, in partnership with Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas, is in its 46th year as the Championship sponsor. HP has committed to the title sponsorship through 2014. For more information on HP and the Championship, please visit www.hpbnc.org.
Charity: Proceeds from the HP Byron Nelson Championship benefit Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, a nonprofit organization that is helping transform children's futures and creating new possibilities for success through its education and mental health treatment programs for children and their families in the greater Dallas area. For more information, please visit www.salesmanshipclub.org.
The 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship contributed over $5 million to Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers to assist in funding its programs. Since its inception, the Championship has raised more than $127 million for charity, more than any other PGA TOUR event.
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Byron Nelson: In 1945, Byron Nelson accomplished an incredible winning streak that has not been challenged and will likely stand forever. He finished that year with 18 victories, including 11 straight, and established a record for lowest scoring average (68.33), which remained untouched for 55 years.
During his career, Byron Nelson won 52 PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournaments, including the 1939 U.S. Open, the 1937 and 1942 Masters, and the 1940 and 1945 PGA Championships. The HP Byron Nelson Championship is proud to be the first event on the PGA TOUR named after a professional golfer.
In 2000, Byron Nelson was the recipient of the inaugural Payne Stewart Award. This award is presented to the PGA TOUR member who best represents the professionalism and commitment to charity, golf tradition and personal presentation that Payne Stewart exemplified. In 2006, Byron received the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian efforts. He passed away in September, 2006.
ADDITIONAL FACTS ON ATTENDANCE, MEDIA, TELEVISION AND PUBLICITY
Attendance: The 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship drew 265,000 fans, with 75,000 attending the final round of play. 2012 -- 265,000; 2011 -- 249,500; 2010 -- 267,500; 2009 -- 260,500; 2008 -- 250,500; 2007 -- 262,500; 2006 -- 253,000, 2005 -- 259,000, 2004 -- 285,000, 2003 -- 253,500, 2002 - 272,000; 2001 - 273,500; 2000 - 273,000; 1999 - 260,000; 1998 - 250,000; 1997 - 260,000).
Credentialed Media: Media coverage of the HP Byron Nelson Championship has been excellent as well. In 2012, more than 400 media credentials were issued. The event receives consistent coverage from national media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, Golf World, Golfweek, and Golf Digest.
PGATOUR.COM: The HP Byron Nelson Championship's official tournament Web site has increased the event's worldwide exposure. The world's No. 1 golf site, PGATOUR.COM, directed more than 13 million fans to information about the event during tournament week. It also provides an in-depth look at the HP Byron Nelson Championship while allowing golf fans to access video highlights, audio interviews and purchase tickets.
Strength of Field: The 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship provided spectators with a field including top PGA TOUR players and local fan favorites such as Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Rory Sabbatini and Justin Leonard.
Weather History: An annual TOUR event played in the spring will encounter its share of inclement weather. However, the HP Byron Nelson Championship has had good luck along the way with the elements. Since 1968, the event has completed all 72 holes in 33-of-36 events, losing only four complete rounds of golf in that span (two rounds lost in 1994, one each in 1992 and 1990).