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Nelson Versus Colonial

May 16, 2005
May 16, 2005

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Nelson Versus Colonial

This week's EDS Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, is the first stop in the Tour's annual two-tournament swing through the Dallas--Fort Worth area. The Bank of America Colonial will be the next week in Fort Worth. Here's how the two events match up. --G.V.S.

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NELSON WHO WINS AND WHY COLONIAL
Byron NelsonXICON
Both are legends, but Nelson has always been a nicer guy
 Ben Hogan
Pavilion, the best pick-up joint in townXHOT SPOT
Push
XMargaritaville. It's all about the jigger and salt
Irving, home of high-rise office parks, expressways and the Dallas Cowboys HOST CITY
Fort Worth, because there's a real city Where the West Begins
XFort Worth, a former rail center with a once-bustling stockyard
Modern TPC course, flanked by high-end housing COURSE
Puh-leeze!
XShort, old-school track that demands precise shotmaking
A waterfall and a pond guard the treacherous, 196-yard par-3 17th FEARED HOLE(S)
It's not Amen Corner, but players tread lightly around the 'Shoe
XPars at the Horrible Horseshoe--numbers 3, 4 and 5--are hard-won
What clubhouse? Players use the chic Four Seasons Resort Hotel CLUBHOUSE
By how much did Nixon beat McGovern?
XA classic built in the 1930s
Bronze statue of Lord Byron COMMEMORATIVES
Wall of Fame is to the Colonial as the Green Monster is to Fenway Park
XWall of Fame listing past champions
$1,116,000 and a figurine of NelsonXWINNER'S REWARD
The bad plaid never leaves the locker room
 $1,008,000 and a red plaid sport coat
Texas Stadium NEARBY ATTRACTION
With the Cheerleaders off-duty in May, stick with the more natural attractions
XFort Worth Zoo
Well-dressed, high-powered executive type TYPICAL FEMALE FAN
Pros have a thing for halter tops and low-rider jeans
XNot-so-well-heeled fit and tanned type
BMW-driving preppie on the lookout for other swingers TYPICAL MALE FAN
Mama, don't let your sons grow up to stalk the Nelson galleries
XPickup-driving golf nut on the lookout for best swings
In 2000 Jesper Parnevik won while wearing Pepto-Bismol--colored slacks TROUSERS HIGHLIGHT
Nice boxers, Finchy
XIn 1993 Ian Baker-Finch removed his pants to play a shot out of the water
Thanks to Byron, Tiger usually playsXBUZZ
If Tiger is stalking, America is talking
 Got Annika, once
Struggling Tiger can't find the fairway, barely misses the playoff ... and oh, yeah, Sergio García winsX2004 STORYLINE
See above
 Tiger skips tournament once again, calls the course obsolete ... and oh, yeah, Steve Flesch wins
B/W PHOTOCORBIS (NELSON)B/W PHOTOJOHN G. ZIMMERMAN (HOGAN)COLOR PHOTORICHARD CUMMINS/CORBIS (FORT WORTH)COLOR PHOTOJAMES D. SMITH/ICON SMI (COWBOY)COLOR PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (FLESCH IN JACKET)COLOR PHOTOPAUL A. SOUDERS/CORBIS (KOALA)COLOR PHOTO JONATHAN FERREY/GETTY IMAGES (WOODS)COLOR PHOTOLM OTERO/AP (PARNEVIK)COLOR PHOTO