AT&T Byron Nelson Spectator Information

By Ryan Watson

 

The AT&T Byron Nelson returns to Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas this Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-May 12. The tournament is the final warm up for the PGA Championship and many golfers are looking to get in one last round of competitive golf before taking on the second major of the year. The field includes many of the game’s top players, including Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and European Tour star Thorbjorn Olesen. All will be gunning for defending champion Aaron Wise’s title, after Wise won his first PGA Tour title on the way to winning Rookie of the Year. 

 

Tournament History

The AT&T Byron Nelson was first held in 1944 as a charitable fundraiser for the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ nonprofit Momentous Institute. Today, the tournament is one of the biggest charitiable givers on the PGA Tour. The event began its association with Byron Nelson in 1968, originally as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Nelson is widely considered one of the game’s greatest players, once winning 11 consecutive tournaments (and 18 of 35 PGA tournaments) in a single year. It’s fitting that today Byron Nelson and fellow legend Arnold Palmer are the only golfers with events named after them. The tournament has had many legendary winners including Nelson himself at the inaugural event, as well as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Tom Watson holds the record for most wins with 4, all won during a 6 year period that included an undefeated streak from 1978-1980. Aaron Wise, the defending champion, currently has the record of lowest score with his 261 coming in at 23 under par. The tournament was also witness to the then 16 year old Jordan Spieth’s remarkable 2010 performance, when Spieth managed to finish 16th while playing on a sponsor’s exemption. 

 

Spectator Information

Fans looking to watch the action in person can still find tickets. Daily grounds tickets are good for any one day and are a flat $45, with complimentary admission to youth 17 and younger. Upgraded hospitality packages include the Harwood District Club with good any one day tickets costing $125. The Harwood District Club features climate-controlled interior with food and beverage options, as well as elevated outdoor patio seating with views of No. 3  green and the No. 12 hole. The Michelob ULTRA Club tickets run $250 and include a complimentary ballpark-style buffet, beer, wine and soft drinks inside a climate controlled venue. Tickets are day-specific and include access to stadium and patio seating with views of the No. 5 green, No. 6 tee and No. 15 green. Members of the military, military veterans and retirees, as well a first responders are all eligible for complimentary tickets.

 

Media Coverage

The tournament will also be covered by the Golf Channel and CBS. Coverage of Thursday and Friday rounds are on the Golf Channel 3:30-6:30pm ET. On Saturday and Sunday, coverage starts on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS 3-6pm ET. Extended streaming coverage is also available through the PGA Tour Live service. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com. 

 

 

 


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About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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