It’s AT&T Byron Nelson time in North Texas, as the region’s iconic spring tradition tees off from its new home, TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.
The tournament, which will run May 13-16, boasts one of its strongest fields in years, with a host of marquee names, including defending champion Sung Kang, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris.
The field will vie for a purse of $8.1 million, with the winner taking home $1.5 million – both records for the event.
The AT&T Byron Nelson has been hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1968 and benefits Momentous Institute, which was named the 2019 PGA TOUR’s Charity of the Year.
Over the past 53 years, the AT&T Byron Nelson has raised $167 million for Momentous Institute.
The 2020 AT&T Byron Nelson was cancelled due to Covid-19. Play resumes this year with limited fan capacity of 12,500 per day (approximately 25-percent capacity), in accordance PGA TOUR protocols. This year marks the first time the tournament will played in Collin County.
“We are thrilled for the return of golf, and we have worked hard with the PGA TOUR and our new home, TPC Craig Ranch, to ensure the safest experience for our patrons,” said Jeff Walter, 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament Chair. “The course is in wonderful shape and should challenge the many talents of this extraordinary field. The leaders in McKinney have been invaluable partners, and we are confident our new home will earn praise from the field and our loyal fans who have long made this one of the most special stops on the entire TOUR.”
Highlights of this year’s course layout include viewing venues centered around holes 16, 17, and 18, designed to create energy and excitement as players head into the final stretch. A stadium-like set up at hole 17 will give fans a unique vantage point of the par-3 hole.
Once again, all four rounds will be televised live nationally. Thursday and Friday, action can be seen on Golf Channel from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. CT; Saturday and Sunday, Golf Channel will air play from 12-2 p.m. CT, with the broadcast moving to CBS from 2-5 p.m. each day. Viewers can also watch on PGA TOUR Live.
Per PGA TOUR Covid-19 protocols, fans will be required to wear masks, unless actively eating or drinking, and masks must be worn at all times when watching golf along the rope-line.
Tickets and pairings will be digital to eliminate direct hand contact, and hand sanitizer and hand washing areas will be available throughout the grounds.
The Salesmanship Club of Dallas and tournament staff are continuously working with officials from the City of McKinney, the State of Texas, as well as the PGA TOUR to monitor the situation and adjust protocols where necessary due to federal, state, county, and Center for Disease Control guidelines.
The AT&T Byron Nelson is key to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ century-long support of Momentous Institute, changing the odds for children. Through high-quality mental health services and education, Momentous Institute focuses on social emotional health – more important now than ever during the pandemic.
The nonprofit achieves remarkable, measurable results. In fact, 89-percent of Momentous School graduates enroll in higher education, and 86-percent of children experiencing a mental health challenge show significant improvement after working with the organization’s therapeutic team.
“The AT&T Byron Nelson is truly so much more than a game – it’s a chance to create moments, contribute to an incredibly worthy cause, and support the community,” said Walter. “We put on this tournament to fuel the lasting impact of Momentous Institute. That is our mission – to serve our community’s children and families. We’re thankful for the opportunity to be the guardians of such a beloved event, named for one of the sport’s greatest gentlemen and ambassadors, and have it fund such a worthy cause.”