Nelson Versus Colonial

May 15, 2005

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 Nelson X ICON
Both are legends, but Nelson has always been a nicer guy
  Ben Hogan
Pavilion, the best pick-up joint in town X HOT SPOT
Push
X Margaritaville. 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
X Fort Worth, a former rail center with a once-bustling stockyard
Modern TPC course, flanked by high-end housing   COURSE
Puh-leeze!
X Short, 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
X Pars 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?
X A 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
X Wall of Fame listing past champions
$1,116,000 and a figurine of Nelson X WINNER'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
X Fort Worth Zoo
Well-dressed, high-powered executive type   TYPICAL FEMALE FAN
Pros have a thing for halter tops and low-rider jeans
X Not-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
X Pickup-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
X In 1993 Ian Baker-Finch removed his pants to play a shot out of the water
Thanks to Byron, Tiger usually plays X BUZZ
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 wins X 2004 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

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)