Saturday, April 14, 2007

Nelson Ditching Cottonwood Course Next Year

And speaking of the Byron Nelson Classic, this via the Dallas Morning News (subscription required):

The EDS Byron Nelson Championship will drop its two-course format next year, returning exclusively to a remodeled TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas, officials said.

Since 1995, players have used the TPC and its neighboring Cottonwood Valley layout the first two days. That was done primarily to speed play in case of rain.

Cottonwood was called into use as an emergency in 1994, when severe rains canceled play the first two days and both courses were used to complete 36 holes on Saturday. Since then, the tournament hasn't lost any rounds because of weather.

But highlighting the TPC's new design in coming years was the main reason tournament officials opted to change. Plus, PGA Tour players don't like using multiple courses.

Plano-based D.A. Weibring/Golf Resources Group will begin work on the TPC after the April 26-29 tournament.

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