Featured Groups: AT&T Byron Nelson
May 15, 2018
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- May 15, 2018
Inside the PGA TOUR
AT&T Byron Nelson preview
Want to be among the first people to see live golf on the PGA TOUR’s newest course? Trinity Forest — the new home for the AT&T Byron Nelson — makes its highly anticipated debut this week. A links style course without any trees in play right in the middle of Texas. With the winds expected to get hairy at times this should be fascinating viewing. And you can get a glimpse on PGA TOUR LIVE early Thursday.
The race for the FedExCup continues with some fascinating featured groups. Among those players are some wind wizards, some beautiful ball strikers and pretty decent putters. What type of player will suit Trinity Forest? That is all part of the mystery making it worth a watch.
PGA TOUR LIVE will offer live streaming coverage of the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday starting with Featured Groups at 8:00 a.m. ET. Featured Hole coverage kicks in at 4:00p.m. ET and consists of the Par-5 14th and par-3 17th. There will be a free twitter window from about 8:00a.m. to 9:00.a.m. Weekend coverage begins at 8:00.a.m. ET as a mix of Featured Groups and Featured Holes, including a Featured Group on DIRECTV in the afternoon. Golf Channel coverage starts at 4:00.p.m. ET Thursday and Friday and 1:00.p.m. ET on the weekend. CBS takes over at 3:00p.m. ET on the weekends.
Here’s an early look at some of the Featured Groups on show this week at Trinity Forest, with current FedExCup position in parentheses:
Scott Piercy (28), Marc Leishman (33), Adam Scott (110) — Piercy teamed up with AT&T Byron Nelson defending champion Billy Horschel recently to win the Zurich Classic and will be primed to continue his run. Leishman is known as a wind wizard and should provide quality shots despite the conditions and his fellow Australian Scott found some lost form at THE PLAYERS but needs a huge week to qualify for the U.S. Open. Scott is a former champion (2008).
Tee Times: Thursday 1:40 p.m. ET, Friday 8:40 a.m. ET (off No. 10)
Jordan Spieth (30), Jimmy Walker (49), Graeme McDowell (124) — A member at Trinity Forest Spieth is expected to lead the way at the new course. The former FedExCup champion has been desperate to dial his entire game in after showing glimpses of his best in recent times. This could be when it all comes together. Jimmy Walker found a way to put together four decent rounds last week with a T2 finish at THE PLAYERS. Great signs as the Texan continues his return from Lyme’s Disease. Former U.S. Open champion McDowell sits right around the FedExCup Playoff bubble and knows a push forward in the back half of the season must start soon.
Tee Times: Thursday 1:50 p.m. ET, Friday 8:50 a.m. ET (off No. 10)
Satoshi Kodaira (51, Hideki Matsuyama (84), Matt Kuchar (61) — Japanese stars and PGA TOUR winners Kodaira and Matsuyama come together to push each other to greater heights while Kuchar starts rounding into form after a decent week at THE PLAYERS. Kodaira is fresh from his RBC Heritage win but all three are looking to go deeper on the FedExCup Playoffs list.
Tee Times: Thursday 8:40 a.m. ET (off No. 10), Friday 1:40 p.m. ET
Billy Horschel (36), Sergio Garcia (99), Ryan Palmer (85) — Horschel is the defending champ — albeit on a different course. Not far removed from his Zurich Classic victory he now has his sights set on pushing for a TOUR championship berth. Texas native Palmer expects to have the locals on his side given he’s a Dallas/Fort Worth resident while newly adopted Texan Sergio Garcia is a two-time champion at the event looking to grab his first win on TOUR as a father.
Tee Times: Thursday 8:50 a.m. ET (off No. 10), Friday 1:50 p.m. ET