Pre-Tournament Notes – 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson

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Aaron Wise
Notes on the field
  • 8 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings, led by Brooks Koepka (8) and Charles Howell III (10)
  • 3 FedExCup champions: Bill Haas (2011), Henrik Stenson (2013), Jordan Spieth (2015)
  • 7 major champions: Ernie Els (4), Padraig Harrington (3), Brooks Koepka (3), Jordan Spieth (3), Henrik Stenson (1), Jimmy Walker (1), Patrick Reed (1)
  • 5 past winners: Ernie Els (1995), Rory Sabbatini (2009), Sangmoon Bae (2013), Brendan Todd (2014), Aaron Wise (2018)
A look back at 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson
Pos.
Player
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Aaron Wise
65
63
68
65
261/-23
2
Marc Leishman
61
66
69
68
264/-20
T3
Branden Grace
66
68
69
62
265/-19
T3
J.J. Spaun
64
69
69
63
265/-19
T3
Keith Mitchell
65
68
69
63
265/-19
  • Rookie Aaron Wise earned his first PGA TOUR victory in his 26th career start on TOUR
  • Wise became the second youngest winner of the AT&T Byron Nelson (21 years, 10 months 29 days) behind Tiger Woods who won in 1997 (21 years, 4 months, 18 days)
  • His 23-under par total set the tournament scoring record relative to par.
AT&T Byron Nelson and the FedExCup
  • AT&T Byron Nelson is the 29th event in the 2018-19 FedExCup season
  • 7 of the 12 winners of the AT&T Byron Nelson in the FedExCup era have advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship: Scott Verplank (2007), Jason Day (2010), Keegan Bradley (2011), Jason Dufner (2012), Brendon Todd (2014), Steven Bowditch (2015), Aaron Wise (2018)
  • Wise was the only rookie to reach the 2018 TOUR Championship, finishing 24th in the FedExCup
Wyndham Rewards Top 10 – Current top 10 in the FedExCup standings
Pos.
Player
Points
Wins
1
Matt Kuchar
2,030
2
2
Xander Schauffele
1,562
2
3
Rory McIlroy
1,532
1
4
Paul Casey
1,370
1
5
Dustin Johnson
1,242
1
6
Rickie Fowler
1,197
1
7
Jon Rahm
1,136
1
8
Brooks Koepka
1,121
1
9
Gary Woodland
1,102
0
10
Charles Howell III
1,086
1
Tournament Notes
  • Trinity Forest Golf Club hosted the AT&T Byron Nelson for the first time in 2018 after 35 years at TPC Four Season Las Colinas in Irving, Texas
  • AT&T Byron Nelson was the first TOUR event to be named in honor of a professional golfer
  • The event is the ninth-oldest, non-major on TOUR, dating back to 1944
Player Notes
Brooks Koepka (No. 8 in FedExCup, No. 3 in OWGR)
  • Making his fifth start at the event, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2016
  • Holds the highest FedExCup position (8) among the players in the field
  • Has a win (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES) and two runner-up finishes (The Honda Classic, Masters Tournament) in 10 starts during the 2018-19 season
  • Has won three of the last seven majors (2017 U.S. Open, 2018 U.S. Open, 2018 PGA Championship)
Marc Leishman (No. 13 in FedExCup, No. 22 in OWGR)
  • Recorded his best round on TOUR in the first round of the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson with a 10-under 61, setting the course record at Trinity Forest
  • Finished runner-up in 2018, one of three top-threes in 10 starts in the event (2nd/2018, T3/2014, T3/2012)
  • Opened the 2018-19 season with four top-five finishes in first six starts, including a win at the CIMB Classic
  • Leads the Presidents Cup standings for the International Team; has played on each of the last three teams and holds an overall record of 3-7-3
Aaron Wise (No. 89 in FedExCup, No. 62 in OWGR)
  • Became the first rookie to win the AT&T Byron Nelson since Keegan Bradley in 2011
  • Owns one top-10 finish (T10/Mayakoba Golf Classic) in 11 starts during the 2018-19 season
  • Won both the Individual and Team NCAA Championship in 2016 for the Oregon Ducks
Jordan Spieth (No. 153 in FedExCup, No. 39 in OWGR)
  • AT&T Ambassador and Dallas native
  • Making ninth start at the event, with best result a T16 in 2010, where he made his TOUR debut at age 16
  • In search of his 12th TOUR career victory and first since the 2017 Open Championship
Tony Romo
  • Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL on CBS analyst accepted his third sponsor exemption on TOUR, following back-to-back invites at Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (CUT/2018, CUT/2019)
  • Member at Trinity Forest Golf Club
  • Reached First Stage of 2018 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament after Japan’s Tomo Watanabe was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard at a pre-qualifier; Failed to reach Second Stage following a 13-over 297 to finish T72 at Firewheel at Garland Bridges
  • Won the 2018 Racine Tri-Course Amateur Championship at Meadowbrook Country Club in Wisconsin by nine strokes with rounds of 68-71-69
  • Advanced to the sectional stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open in 2010, but withdrew due to his practice schedule with the Cowboys.
Notable Tournament Records/History
  • 18-hole scoring record: 60 (Sam Snead/R2/1957, Arron Oberholser/R2/2006, Keegan Bradley/R1/2013)
  • 72-hole scoring record: 259 (Steven Bowditch/2015)
  • Youngest winner: Tiger Woods, 1997 (21 years, 4 months, 18 days)
  • Players to have claimed their first TOUR win at AT&T Byron Nelson: (Johnny Pott/1960, Charles Coody/1964, Mark Hayes/1976, Neal Lancaster/1994, Robert Damron/2001, Ted Purdy/2005, Brett Wetterich/2006, Jason Day/2010, Keegan Bradley/2011, Sangmoon Bae/2013, Brendan Todd/2014, Aaron Wise/2018)
  • Dating to 2000, there have been 10 international winners, with Sergio Garcia performing the feat twice