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AT&T Byron Nelson 2017

Round 4 - Billy Horschel beats Jason Day in playoff

May 22, 2017

Billy Horschel had missed four straight cuts when he arrived at TPC Four Seasons, a course he was never particularly fond of.

After winning the last AT&T Byron Nelson scheduled at the Irving resort, Horschel now wishes he could have the chance to come back.

While his 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday stopped just short, Horschel won with a par when Jason Day pulled his 4-foot par putt left and past the hole.

"When I hit it I knew it was on a perfect line and I thought I got it to the hole. ... I just wanted to finish it off there," Horschel said. "I didn't expect him to miss it. I was expecting to go back to the tee and play the hole again."

Instead, the playoff wrapped up the Nelson's 35th and final tournament in Irving. The event shifts next year to the new links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club south of downtown Dallas.

In his only two previous Nelsons, in 2011 and 2012, Horschel missed the cut at 13 over through 36 holes both times. With a closing 1-under 69 on Sunday, including a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole, Horschel matched Day (68) at 12-under 268 for a playoff.

"It's sad that it's leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am," Horschel said. "I won, and I don't want to leave."

Third-round leader James Hahn finished a stroke back after shooting 71. He just missed a miraculous eagle at the 18th hole that would have gotten him in the playoff with his playing partners - threesomes were used after early morning rain delayed the start Sunday.

Day, who got the first of his 10 PGA Tour victories at the 2010 Nelson, had the lead alone only once, when he pitched in from 78 feet from the rough by the greenside bunker at the 477-yard 15th. He was there after two horrible shots, a tee shot way right and the approach that set up an awkward stance.

But at the par-5 573-yard 16th, the easiest hole at TPC Four Seasons, Day's wayward tee shot hit a spectator. After making sure the woman was OK, he hit an approach that settled pin-high on the green, but a 9-foot birdie chance curled by the hole.

"I only had one top 10 up to this point. To be able to play the way I did today, I played some good solid golf," Day said. "It's a little disappointing, but it's not the first tournament I'm going to lose. ... I feel good about my game."

Horschel also got to the 16th green in two, and two-putted from 44 feet for a tying birdie. He and Day parred the last two holes, though Horschel had a longer but similar putt at No. 18 in regulation that also come up just short.

Earlier this season, Horschel was eliminated from a five-man playoff at the RSM Classic when he narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first extra hole, then shockingly missed a 2-foot putt.

"I know that feeling," Horschel said about Day's unexpected playoff miss. "I told Jason it's not the way I wanted to win. I know it's not the way he wants me to win."

Horschel's fourth PGA Tour victory, which earned him $1.35 million, was his first since taking the 2014 Tour Championship for the FedEx Cup title.

Hahn almost got to 12 under when his approach from 122 yards at the 18th hit on the green, spun back and skimmed over the edge of the cup. He made the 4-foot birdie putt to finish alone in third, one stroke ahead of Jason Kokrak.

Kokrak went into the weekend with a five-stroke lead, the largest ever after 36 holes at the Nelson, before weekend rounds of 72 and 70.

Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, had a closing 69 to tie for 13th at 6 under.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia had birdies on six of his last eight holes Saturday to get within four strokes of the lead. But he was as quickly out of contention after giving back four strokes while missing three putts of 5 feet or less at Nos. 2-4. His closing 74 put him 4 under and tied for 20th.

Round 3 - James Hahn edges ahead

May 21, 2017

James Hahn fired his second bogey-free 64 this week to grab a one shot lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson event on Saturday.

Hahn has a slim lead over a crowded leaderboard that also includes Australia's Jason Day who blasted a 63 in the third round to move into contention at the TPC Las Colinas course just outside of Dallas.

"I played well out there. Overall it was a good day," Hahn said. "It is really close. One putt here or there. You need good breaks to happen to keep the momentum going and I did that today."

Hahn is at 12-under-par 198 while fellow American Billy Horschel is one stroke back after a four-under 66 that included making birdie on each of his last three holes.

World number three Day had eight birdies to move into a tie for third with second-round leader Jason Kokrak (72). Day and Kokrak are two shots adrift of Hahn at 10-under 200.

Cameron Tringale (67) is alone in fifth at 201.

Day made an incredible 60 foot birdie putt on the par-three 17 to move into a tie for the lead.

Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, of Spain, fired a 64 on Saturday to get to 202 and into a tie for sixth with former Byron Nelson champion Jason Dufner (65) and Bud Cauley (68).

The defending champion Garcia shot 29 on the back nine Saturday, the same score he posted on the front nine in the opening round when he won in 2016.

Five players, including Scott Brown (65), Scott Piercy (66), Grayson Murray (68), Chad Campbell (68) and An Byeong-Hun of South Korea (69), are at 203 and within striking distance.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is tied for 19th after carding a one-over 71 Saturday. That snapped a streak of 14 consecutive par-or-better rounds at the Byron Nelson for Johnson who is seven shots behind Hahn.

Round 2 - Jason Kokrak vaults five clear

May 20, 2017

While big-hitting Jason Kokrak has an AT&T Byron Nelson record five-stroke lead through 36 holes, he knows that is only halfway with plenty of other players who could make a weekend charge.

That includes top-ranked Dustin Johnson. But not local favorite Jordan Spieth after he missed the cut Friday for the first time at the tournament where he made his debut as a 16-year-old high school junior.

''Yeah, a bit shocking that's how it happened,'' said Spieth, who missed the cut by a stroke after a 5-under 75 that included a 9 at the par-5 16th hole after he hit two tee shots out of bounds.

Kokrak, ranked 128th in the world, shot a bogey-free 8-under 62 for his career-best scoring round and matched the Nelson's 36-hole record at 12-under 128. No one has ever had a bigger lead there after two rounds than his five strokes over Billy Horschel (65), who finished with three consecutive birdies.

''It's 36 holes. You've got the No. 1 player in the world chasing you, you've got x-number of other players that are outstanding players,'' Kokrak said, when asked about having wiggle room. ''Same game plan, just give myself birdie opportunities.''

Maybe as surprising as Kokrak's big lead halfway through the last Nelson to be played at TPC Four Seasons is the 23-year-old Spieth, the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion, done playing this week.

Spieth also missed the cut last week in The Players Championship. He last missed consecutive cuts in 2015.

With a 3-over total after the horrendous 16th hole, and needing at least one birdie, Spieth's 17-foot birdie try at No. 17 curled by the cup, and he missed a 14-footer on 18.

''It didn't need to happen. Just playing fine and I tried to just, you know, press it to try to reach the green in two, and then I tried to do it again,'' Spieth said, referring to the par-5 16th.

Kokrak finished with a nice par save after driving way right at the 18th. The ball landed in the rough closer to the first fairway with a temporary concession stand between him and the hole. He didn't take potential relief because that line would have put him directly behind a tree, but he hit the ball back in the fairway short of the green before chipping to 6 feet.

''I made a lot of birdies out there but it was nice,'' Kokrak said. ''Just keeping a clean card is always a goal. ... It was nice to get it up and down.''

The only other time Kokrak had the 36-hole lead in 146 career PGA Tour starts was at the 2016 Northern Trust Open, where he ended up with a career-best tie for second.

Johnson had his second consecutive 67 and was tied for third with Byeong Hun An (bogey-free 66), Bud Cauley (67), Cameron Tringale (68), Jhonttan Vegas (68) and first-round co-leader James Hahn (70).

Sergio Garcia, the Masters champion who is defending his second Nelson title, birdied six of his last 15 holes for a 65 to get to 2 under. He opened with a 73, and was at 4 over for the tournament after his only bogey Friday on his third hole.

This is Johnson's third PGA Tour event since a freak fall forced him to miss the Masters with a bruised back after winning three consecutive tournaments before that. He tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship in his return to the tour two weeks ago, and then had a career-best 12th place finish at The Players Championship.

''The game is still not quite as sharp as it was leading into Augusta, but it's getting there,'' Johnson said. ''It's getting close.''

His only bogey was at his final hole, the 431-yard ninth hole, when his approach landed in rough between a bunker and the green after the wind shifted on him.

Spieth first played a PGA Tour event at age 16 on a sponsor's exemption in the 2010 tournament, and tied for 16th - still his best Nelson finish. He missed his high school graduation ceremony in 2011 to play after making the cut again.

After an opening birdie Friday, Spieth missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt at the par-3 second hole. He had five bogeys and four birdies, plus saved par from a drop at the edge of a curb after his tee shot at the 316-yard 11th hole rolled to a stop on a neighborhood street, before the quadruple at No. 16.

Round 1 - James Hahn and Ricky Barnes share lead

May 19, 2017

Brooks Koepka leaned in for a closer look at his ball buried in deep rough when a critter he couldn't identify caused him to jump back with a bit of a startled look.

His best guesses were a frog or rat, though he was too disoriented to be sure. It definitely wasn't a birdie, because Koepka was on his way to finishing with two straight bogeys after sharing the lead late in his opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Thursday.

A year after losing to Sergio Garcia in a playoff at the TPC Four Seasons, Koepka settled for a 3-under 67 and trailed co-leaders James Hahn and Ricky Barnes by three shots.

''It jumped out and I didn't know what was going on, freaked me out,'' said Koepka, who needed help from a bevy of tournament volunteers and fans to find his ball while hitting two shots out of the thick grass and just missing a chip that would have saved par on the ninth hole, his last.

''I was so in amazement of what just happened, whether it jumped out, scared me. I couldn't see it because it ran underneath the grass again.''

Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale shot 66, and top-ranked Dustin Johnson topped the group at 67, a stroke ahead of fourth-ranked Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, the No. 6 player competing in his hometown event.

Masters and defending Nelson champion Garcia, ranked fifth, had three bogeys on the front nine and just one birdie in a 73 that left him tied for 93rd.

The event is the last at TPC Four Seasons, ending the tournament's 35-year run in Irving. The tournament will move to the new links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club south of downtown Dallas next year.

Tringale was the only player with a lower score than Johnson in a blustery afternoon round, while Hahn and Barnes played in slightly calmer conditions in the morning.

''It was blowing hard and it was gusty,'' said Johnson, who has four top-10 finishes in seven previous Nelsons. ''I thought it was very difficult to judge the wind and control the ball. Felt like there were a lot of times I hit really good shots that didn't end up in good spots.''

Using a mallet putter instead of his traditional blade, Spieth made a 10-footer for his second straight birdie on his 17th hole, the par-4 eighth. Normally one of the best putters on tour, the Dallas native was frustrated with that part of his game after missing the cut at the Players Championship last week.

''It's nothing crazy new,'' said Spieth, whose best Nelson finish remains his tie for 16th as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010. ''It helps me line up a bit better and that's kind of been my struggle is lining the putter up where I want to. I just haven't quite dialed in the speed yet.''

Day birdied the par-4 11th when he chipped to 12 feet off a cart path behind the green after a 326-yard drive on the 309-yard hole. On the next hole, he had to bend his second shot around tree from the rough and saved par. Day eagled the par-5 seventh and curled in a 28-footer for birdie on 18.

''In this wind, I think everyone's kind of scrambling,'' said Day, whose first PGA Tour win came at the 2010 Nelson. ''I was not going to drop it all the way back onto the other side of the road. It was just in long grass and I wouldn't be able to flop it over. It was quite a simple shot. You just had to contact it correctly.''

Hahn finished a bogey-free round with a 22-foot birdie putt on 18 to match his lowest round of the season. The two-time tour winner saved par with a 24-footer on 14. Hahn's first four birdies were inside 10 feet.

Barnes, who has made four straight cuts after missing 10 of his previous 13, started a run of three straight birdies with a chip-in on his 15th hole, the par-4 sixth. He had two bogeys.

''I'm having signs of brilliancy,'' said Barnes, still looking for his first win in his 255th PGA Tour start. ''I just need to put it all together.''

Koepka birdied his first two holes and was 5 under through 13 holes before stumbling late. On No. 8, his 17th hole, Koepka had to lift a folder lawn chair to uncover his ball behind the green. He missed the par putt.

After missing on a birdie chance for the win in 2016, Koepka went in the water on 18, the first playoff hole, to open the door for Garcia to become the only two-time winner since Lord Byron's event moved to the Four Seasons.

''I didn't play very good today,'' Koepka said. ''Even last year, I didn't play very good around this place and just managed to get a decent score. Three under isn't very good around here. I'll take it for how I played.''

Scores

1 USA Billy Horschel -12 - 68 65 66 69 268
2 AUS Jason Day -12 - 68 69 63 68 268
3 USA James Hahn -11 - 64 70 64 71 269
4 USA Jason Kokrak -10 - 66 62 72 70 270
T5 USA Bud Cauley -8 - 67 67 68 70 272
T5 KOR Byeong-Hun An -8 - 68 66 69 69 272
T5 NZL Danny Lee -8 - 70 70 64 68 272
T5 USA Sean O'Hair -8 - 67 69 68 68 272
T9 USA Cameron Tringale -7 - 66 68 67 72 273
T9 USA Joel Dahmen -7 - 68 70 68 67 273
T9 USA Matt Kuchar -7 - 66 71 67 69 273
T9 CAN Nick Taylor -7 - 69 73 66 65 273
T13 USA Chad Campbell -6 - 68 67 68 71 274
T13 USA Dustin Johnson -6 - 67 67 71 69 274
T13 USA Jason Dufner -6 - 69 68 65 72 274
T13 AUS Marc Leishman -6 - 68 71 68 67 274
T13 USA Tony Finau -6 - 75 65 65 69 274
T18 USA Jamie Lovemark -5 - 72 66 68 69 275
T18 RSA Louis Oosthuizen -5 - 69 70 66 70 275
T20 USA Kevin Tway -4 - 71 70 64 71 276
T20 USA Kyle Reifers -4 - 69 69 66 72 276
T20 USA Patrick Reed -4 - 70 69 69 68 276
T20 USA Scott Piercy -4 - 68 69 66 73 276
T20 USA Scott Stallings -4 - 72 66 66 72 276
T20 ESP Sergio Garcia -4 - 73 65 64 74 276
T20 KOR Sung-Hoon Kang -4 - 69 68 69 70 276
T27 USA Grayson Murray -3 - 72 63 68 74 277
T27 USA J. J. Henry -3 - 68 69 69 71 277
T27 USA Keegan Bradley -3 - 74 67 68 68 277
T27 USA Morgan Hoffmann -3 - 69 66 72 70 277
T27 USA Patrick Rodgers -3 - 72 70 69 66 277
T27 USA Ryan Armour -3 - 67 69 69 72 277
T27 USA Ryan Palmer -3 - 71 68 68 70 277
T27 USA Will Wilcox -3 - 70 67 70 70 277
T35 RSA Ernie Els -2 - 69 71 70 68 278
T35 ENG Ian Poulter -2 - 70 71 68 69 278
T35 VEN Jhonattan Vegas -2 - 66 68 75 69 278
T35 USA Scott Brown -2 - 71 67 65 75 278
T35 USA Smylie Kaufman -2 - 71 67 71 69 278
T40 USA Boo Weekley -1 - 73 65 71 70 279
T40 USA Charley Hoffman -1 - 72 69 66 72 279
T40 USA Daniel Summerhays -1 - 70 71 70 68 279
T40 USA Gary Woodland -1 - 70 68 68 73 279
T40 USA Jason Bohn -1 - 68 70 70 71 279
T40 USA John Huh -1 - 67 72 68 72 279
T40 KOR Michael Kim -1 - 68 71 69 71 279
T40 USA Michael Putnam -1 - 71 68 69 71 279
T40 USA Nick Watney -1 - 73 67 70 69 279
T40 USA Zac Blair -1 - 69 68 72 70 279
T50 USA Billy Hurley III Par - 69 71 71 69 280
T50 USA Brian Gay Par - 72 70 67 71 280
T50 USA Brooks Koepka Par - 67 69 70 74 280
T50 USA Dominic Bozzelli Par - 70 70 72 68 280
T50 COL Sebastian Munoz Par - 69 69 71 71 280
T55 USA Ollie Schniederjans 1 - 72 70 68 71 281
T55 USA Tom Hoge 1 - 72 70 69 70 281
T57 USA Brett Stegmaier 2 - 69 72 71 70 282
T57 IRL Seamus Power 2 - 69 69 72 72 282
T59 USA Ricky Barnes 3 - 64 75 72 72 283
T59 AUS Rod Pampling 3 - 69 67 72 75 283
T61 USA Beau Hossler 4 - 70 68 71 75 284
T61 AUS Geoff Ogilvy 4 - 73 69 72 70 284
T61 ENG Greg Owen 4 - 69 70 71 74 284
T61 USA Peter Malnati 4 - 67 68 75 74 284
T61 USA Ryan Brehm 4 - 73 68 72 71 284
T66 USA Alex Moon 5 - 74 66 72 73 285
T66 USA Ken Duke 5 - 70 69 70 76 285
T66 USA Nicholas Lindheim 5 - 70 70 71 74 285
T66 USA Spencer Levin 5 - 71 71 73 70 285
T70 USA Bob Estes 7 - 71 68 71 77 287
T70 USA Brendon Todd 7 - 70 71 71 75 287
72 AUS Greg Chalmers 8 - 68 71 74 75 288
73 USA D. A. Points 11 - 69 72 74 76 291
74 USA J. J. Spaun 13 - 73 69 74 77 293
CUT USA Brandon Hagy 3 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT USA Bryson DeChambeau 3 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT AUS Cameron Percy 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT USA Chez Reavie 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT PAR Fabrizio Zanotti 3 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT USA Harris English 3 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT USA Hunter Mahan 3 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT USA Jordan Spieth 3 - 68 75 - - 143
CUT USA Kelly Kraft 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT AUS Matt Jones 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT KOR Meen-Whee Kim 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT USA Rick Lamb 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT KOR Seung-Yul Noh 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT USA Xander Schauffele 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT USA Brian Stuard 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Bryce Molder 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT SWE Carl Pettersson 4 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA Chad Collins 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT TPE Cheng Tsung Pan 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Cody Gribble 4 - 76 68 - - 144
CUT SWE Fredrik Jacobson 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT USA J. B. Holmes 4 - 76 68 - - 144
CUT USA Jonathan Randolph 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT USA Mark Hubbard 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT USA Richy Werenski 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT USA Robby Shelton 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT JPN Ryo Ishikawa 4 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT USA Sam Saunders 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT NZL Steve Alker 4 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT USA Tag Ridings 4 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT ARG Angel Cabrera 5 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Brandt Snedeker 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Chris Stroud 5 - 76 69 - - 145
CUT USA John Peterson 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ARG Julian Etulain 5 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Matthew Every 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Sean Kelly 5 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA Steve Wheatcroft 5 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT NZL Tim Wilkinson 5 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Zack Sucher 5 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT USA Charlie Beljan 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT CAN Graham DeLaet 6 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT USA Kramer Hickok 6 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT ARG Miguel Carballo 6 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT USA Robert Gates 6 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT USA Robert Streb 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT USA Russell Henley 6 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT USA Ryan Blaum 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT USA Ryan Moore 6 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT KOR Yong-Eun Yang 6 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT USA Andres Gonzales 7 - 77 70 - - 147
CUT USA Ben Crane 7 - 77 70 - - 147
CUT AUS Brett Drewitt 7 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT USA Martin Flores 7 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT USA Michael Thompson 7 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT USA Shane Bertsch 7 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT AUS Stuart Appleby 7 - 76 71 - - 147
CUT AUS Stuart Deane 7 - 70 77 - - 147
CUT RSA Tyrone van Aswegen 7 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT GER Alex Cejka 8 - 71 77 - - 148
CUT IND Anirban Lahiri 8 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT USA Austin Smotherman 8 - 79 69 - - 148
CUT USA Bobby Wyatt 8 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT CAN Brad Fritsch 8 - 77 71 - - 148
CUT USA Mark Anderson 9 - 78 71 - - 149
CUT USA Robert Garrigus 9 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT USA Will MacKenzie 9 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT USA Ben Polland 10 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT USA Brian Campbell 10 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT USA Hudson Swafford 10 - 81 69 - - 150
CUT USA J. T. Poston 10 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT RSA Rory Sabbatini 10 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT AUS Steven Bowditch 10 - 80 70 - - 150
CUT USA Trey Mullinax 11 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT USA Max Homa 12 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT USA John Merrick 13 - 76 77 - - 153
CUT USA Tyler Aldridge 15 - 77 78 - - 155
CUT USA Andrew Loupe 17 - 84 73 - - 157
CUT USA Paul Earnest 18 - 79 79 - - 158
DSQ USA Shawn Stefani Par - 71 69 74 - 214
RET RSA Charl Schwartzel Par - 70 69 56 - 195

 





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