Power Rankings: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

By Will GrayMay 26, 2015, 8:47 pm

The 29th event of the wraparound season is upon us, as the PGA Tour remains in Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. A field of 156 will tackle TPC Four Seasons Resort, where first-time winners have triumphed four of the last five years.

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Brendon Todd won this event a year ago by two shots over Mike Weir. Here are 10 players to watch in Dallas:

1. Dustin Johnson: Johnson has a strong record at this event, with four straight top-20 finishes included three finishes of T-7 or better. The bomber won earlier this year in Miami, ranks ninth in total strokes gained and has five top-10 finishes since February.

2. Jordan Spieth: The Dallas native will have plenty of fan support this week, and he has finished second in each of the first three Texas events this season. His best result at TPC Four Seasons, though, came as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010 (T-16).

3. Marc Leishman: The Aussie has a strong affinity with this course, having turned six starts into five finishes of T-12 or better. He tied for third both last year and in 2012, and Leishman enters off a streak of four straight top-30 finishes.

4. Keegan Bradley: Bradley won this event in 2011, then very nearly captured the trophy again in 2013 after a course-record 60 in the opening round. He has not finished outside the top 30 in four trips to Dallas and has three top-25 finishes in his last five starts overall.

5. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has been his reliable self at this event in recent years, with a trio of top-15 finishes since 2011. While he missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass in his most recent start, Kuchar has eight top-25 finishes in 14 starts this season, including a solo fifth at RBC Heritage last month.

6. Justin Thomas: The rookie has yet to win, but that drought could end sooner rather than later. Thomas has four straight top-25 finishes and 10 in 19 starts this season, and he will benefit from a friendly early-round tee time with Spieth.

7. Ryan Palmer: Palmer surprisingly missed the cut last week at Colonial, but the Texan should bounce back on a course where he has three top-25 finishes in the last four years. Palmer has seven top-25 finishes this season and ranks eighth in scoring average.

8. Charley Hoffman: His recent run continued with a T-10 finish at Colonial, and Hoffman now has five top-20 finishes over his last seven starts. Hoffman was T-11 at previous Texas stops in San Antonio and Houston and has three top-10 finishes at this event since 2006.

9. Zach Johnson: Johnson didn't factor last week at Colonial, but he still racked up his sixth top-20 finish in his last seven starts. The veteran is making his first appearance in this event since 2005 and ranks inside the top 20 in both fairways hit and strokes gained tee-to-green this season.

10. Morgan Hoffmann: Hoffmann sparked his season with a title contention at Bay Hill, and he now has finished T-28 or better in four of his last six starts. He finished T-5 in 2013 in his Nelson debut, then chased it with a T-16 finish last year.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.