Over the past few decades, the Byron Nelson has delivered its share of memorable moments to DFW golf fans. Who could forget Tiger Woods winning the 1997 event—a victory made extra memorable by the strong friendship between Mr. Nelson and Woods?
In 2010, the Byron Nelson gave fans their first glimpse of the currently top-ranked player in the world, DFW local Jordan Spieth when he earned a sponsor’s exemption to play in his first Byron, which Spieth (then 16) did while still attending high school at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Five years later, Spieth became just the sixth golfer in history to win The Masters and U.S. Open in the same season—a feat last accomplished by Woods.
Who to Watch: On the Course
Considering his DFW roots, Spieth figures to be the most heavily-followed golfer in the 2017 Nelson field. However, reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the defending Byron champion who won the 2016 event in a playoff, also figures to be a big draw considering his recent triumph at Augusta.
Golf fans who want to get up close and personal with their favorite linksters might want to camp out at the Autograph Zone. Located outside the scoring area, off the first tee, spectators can catch their golfing heroes after the conclusion of their round and maybe, they’ll stop for an autograph, a photo or both.
What to Do: Off the Course
If watching golf isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to occupy your time during your stay at the Nelson because the Byron is known as much for great people-watching as anything else. And one of the best spots to do this is at the Pavilion, an area located off the first fairway that features several bars and a plethora of colorful personalities.
For the complete fan experience, head to Irving Live! on Champions Way, where you can get your “bogey” on with the Irving Music Factory, play games, score some swag and “par-tee” it up with friends and photo ops.
Whether you’re coming for the golf or for the scene, the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson is a can’t-miss event. And with the 2017 Nelson being the final one in Irving before a 2018 shift to southern Dallas, this year’s event promises to be just as memorable as past installments. Get your tickets today and plan out your weekend at IrvingTexas.com to celebrate 35 years of championship golf in Irving!