By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas – The player who can thrive the best in windy conditions should have a huge advantage in Saturday’s third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Wind gusts from the south of up to 35 mph are expected in the afternoon, which should make things tricky for the leaders.
“There are going to be some tough moments,” said second-round co-leader Sergio Garcia, who will tee off at 1:15 p.m. ET in the final group with the other co-leader, Ryan Palmer.
Garcia, the 2004 champion of this event, has shown he can manage his game in the wind.
Palmer is a Texas native and lives in the area, but he has never enjoyed much success in PGA TOUR events in his home state. Prior to this week, he had missed the cut in six of his previous seven starts at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
But he’s letting his caddie, James Edmondson, decide on club selection and target off the tee this week, allowing Palmer to swing with an uncluttered mind. So far it’s working.
“He points and I just pull the trigger,” Palmer told the PGA TOUR Network prior to teeing off Saturday. But with the winds, Palmer added, “He’ll have his work cut out for him today.”
Palmer and Garcia have never been paired together prior to Saturday.
“There’s going to be quite a few people out there,” Palmer said. “It’s going to be a fun day.”