I have lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area twice in my life so I have first hand knowledge that the back-to-back tour at the beginning of summer there are a big deal. It starts with the Byron Nelson played at the TPC in Las Colinas and then follows the next week with the Colonial in Fort Worth. These are great weeks for the area golfers. Both courses are fantastic and the tournaments draw some great players.
I have been out to see the Byron Nelson a few times and even caddied in one of the pro-am events there. My boss figured since he couldn’t play golf, that he should have a caddy who knew what he was doing. The three other amateurs on the team must have felt the same way, because the caddies were all better players than the golfers. Maybe they should have let the golfers play instead – we certainly would have scored better. We played with D.A. Weibring, who is very well known in the area and I am sure was used to playing with over-payed executive golf hacks. Sorry D.A. I am sure it was a long day for you as it certainly was for me.
One of my biggest regrets from my time in Dallas is that I never went to see the tournament or play at Colonial Country Club. You might think that since it is a country club that I would have had a difficult time getting on the course, but I played many of the country clubs in the Dallas area. I now wish I had taken advantage of my contacts and played at Colonial at least once while I lived there.
I know most people were hoping to see Phil take over number one this week, but don’t give up on the event just because Phil is done. There are still some big names at the top and how can you not pull for Brian Davis after he called a penalty on himself to basically lose the Heritage – well, let’s face it he was going to lose anyway, barring a miracle long putt, but he gave up even that chance by calling the penalty that no one else really saw.