GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in Irving, Texas this week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. While working on the 1912 Project, he spent a lot of time with Byron’s wife Peggy in Texas. There are so many great stories about Byron Nelson but one that stands out to him is how when he would go to a course to play a recreational round, he would walk into the pro shop and ask what the course record was. If the course record was set by a club member or a club professional, he would make sure not to break the course record because he felt that the record should be held by someone associated with the course.
Phil Mickelson is playing in the HP Byron Nelson Championship for the first time in several years and while he said that he hit the ball well, he was held to an even par 70 in his first round. While he is driving the ball well and hitting a lot of greens in regulation, he is struggling with his putting but if he can start putting well, Sobel feels that Phil will start going much lower on the course.
This is Sobel’s first time covering the HP Byron Nelson Championship and he is struck by how well everyone at the tournament is being treated. Players, volunteers, fans, and the media are all treated very well and as a member of the media, he really appreciates the ping pong table in the media center as well as the massage tables.
Joey Snyder III played on the PGA TOUR in 2005 and 2006 before suffering a neck injury. It took four years for Snyder to get an accurate diagnosis. After suffering from frozen shoulder, he is making his first PGA TOUR start in 6 years this week. Whether he makes the cut or not this week, he is very happy to see Snyder back on the course and Sobel hopes that Snyder will continue to improve and start recording some good finishes.