Players (those not WD-ing) brace for soggy Nelson


Fans who watched players slosh around Colonial Country Club last week can expect a repeat performance this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

The Lone Star State has been beseiged by heavy rains recently, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area has been no exception. The field at the Crowne Plaza Invitational struggled through multiple weather delays and even utilized lift, clean and place through the green during the final round.

Conditions are no better at TPC Four Seasons, where more than three inches of rain fell on Sunday. Defending champ Brendon Todd played nine holes Tuesday morning and found the course in stark contrast to the dry, fast layout where he won a year ago.

"Couldn't be more different this year than it was last year," Todd said Tuesday. "The golf course is totally under water, not a dry spot in any fairway."

Rookie Justin Thomas is making his first start in this event, and like Todd he took stock of the soggy conditions during his practice round.

"It's very, very wet. I've probably never seen a course that drenched," Thomas said. "There's nothing they can do about that at all. It's out of their hands."

Longtime caddie Kip Henley, who is looping for Derek Fathauer, offered a glimpse of what players and fans alike can expect to endure on the tournament grounds this week:

The weather forecast offers no relief, with at least a 40 percent chance of more rain on each tournament day. The conditions and forecast may have contributed to Wednesday's mass exodus of withdrawals, as Jason Day (dizziness), Ian Poulter (muscle strain) and Louis Oosthuizen (neck) all opted out of the event within hours of each other.

Twelve players, in all, have pulled out of the event, including: Kevin Kisner, Alex CejkaFredrik JacobsonJason Kokrak, Scott GardinerGeorge McNeillChris Stroud, Neal Lancaster and Will Zalatoris