In analyzing the golf scores this past weekend I was very surprised to see the scores were so high this past week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.
American rookie Keegan Bradley shot a three under par and defeated American Ryan Palmer in a playoff.
American Joe Ogilvie (-2), Japan’s Ryuji Imada (-2) and Australia’s Jason Day (-1) were the only other three golfers to shoot under par.
Bradley’s -3 was the highest score to win the tournament since Bruce Lietzke won in 1981 when he shot +1. Also, just two years ago, South African Rory Sabbatini won the Byron Nelson by shooting a -19.
Wow. So how did the Byron Nelson Championship play more like a U.S. Open Golf course than the Bob Hope?
The major reason is because of the wind that gusted up to forty miles per hour, somewhat irregular conditions for Texas.
I also believe another reason was because of the weak field. Only Matt Kuchar (E) and Nick Watney (+1) were in the top 15 in the World Golf Rankings.
Finally, I’d like to see how the course plays in 2012 under different weather conditions before I make any more conclusions regarding the difficulty of the course at Dallas’s Four Seasons Resort. If the results next year are similar to this year, then it is time to talk about the impressive difficulty of the course.