May 23 2010
The outcome of today's final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship may very well be determined by which player best handles the windy conditions at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
In Saturday's third rounds, wind gusts up to 31 mph played havoc with those in the afternoon, and similar conditions are expected for the leaders today.
Jason Day, who goes into the final round with a two-stroke lead, certainly was pleased with his third-round 67. The 22-year-old hopes another solid round will lead to his first TOUR win.
Asked if he considered himself a good wind player, the Australian replied: "I've had some success. I've had some really bad ones, too, and I think it's just learning, you know, from those experiences. Taking certain clubs, when you know to take certain clubs and take your medicine at times and don't go with certain pins."
The tricky part for the players is figuring out the various crosswinds, knowing when to attack pins and when to be satisfied with par.
"You have to control the ball and work it back and hold it, whether it be a fade or draw at times," said Tom Pernice Jr. "Some holes you can't hit it to the pin, you hit it to the middle of the green and take your 30-footers and move on."
Added Jeff Overton, who starts his round in solo third place, just three shots off the lead: "I think it's going to come down to grinding it out. The place plays so hard because of the winds at different angles and so forth.
"It's going to take patience and go out there and make some putts and hit fairways. Fairways and greens out there are going to go a long, long way." -- Mike McAllister