Saturday, April 23, 2005

Stars are Coming to Nelson

Looks like this year's Byron Nelson Classic, scheduled May 12-15, is going to have a tremendous field - likely to include the Top 5 golfers in the world. That's according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which reports that the Colonial (May 19-22) field looks pretty good, too, although not as good as the Nelson.

The Nelson has a leg up this year: there's a party going on to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Byron Nelson's legendary 1945 season.

The Star-Telegram reports:

... Officials at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship already have received commitments from five of the world's top nine golfers for their May 12-15 event at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving. There is optimism - well-founded optimism, from all indications - that the world's top five players might be in the field when opening rounds are played at the TPC Las Colinas and the Cottonwood Valley Course.

At the Bank of America Colonial (May 19-22), officials are holding commitments from three of the top nine golfers in the world rankings, as well as 10 of the top 25. Those numbers should only increase before the pursuit of the plaid jacket begins in Fort Worth.


Thus far, the Nelson headliners are Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, the respective No. 3 and No. 5 players in the world rankings. Other top-10 members include Chris DiMarco, Sergio Garcia and David Toms. Nelson officials anticipate a late surge of commitments from other high-profile players who seek to take part in tournament-week activities that honor the event's namesake, Roanoke golf legend Byron Nelson, on the 60th anniversary of his record-setting 1945 season (18 tour victories, including 11 in a row).

At Colonial, the early headliners include DiMarco (No. 7), Garcia (No. 8) and Toms (No. 9). Colonial also has landed a couple of high-profile names that are not on the Nelson list: Davis Love III (No. 14) and Fred Funk (No. 24), reigning champion at The Players Championship.

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