YOUR FIRST-ROUND BYRON NELSON REPORT

FrontBurner dispatached a hairstylist to report on the Byron Nelson yesterday. His observations:

THE FIRST-TIMER’S GUIDE TO THE BYRON NELSON

By Jason Hull

Chill, relaxed, no crowds. The first day of the Byron Nelson is mellow. The fact that it’s on a Thursday is probably the reason there are so many more “mature”
people here. They want to enjoy this event without fighting crowds and waiting in lines. Although a thirtysomething, I must in this case consider myself mature. Add to it the perfect weather and I have to admit I had a pretty damn good day.

First things first. Let’s talk parking. Instead of going through the stress of parking at Texas Stadium, drive about 10 blocks south of the main entrance to the strip mall lot and take the free shuttle.

Next, don’t bring a camera. I practically got tackled by security. However, do make a beeline for the MasterCard booth. If you apply for a credit card, you can either get a PGA Tour blanket or (my choice) a PGA Tour fold-up stool with a handy backpack carrying case. Laugh if you will, but I was thankful for it the
rest of the day.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

Check out the green of holes 5 and 9. Yep, they’re one in the same. Too bad these guys can’t putt into the hole they’re actually closest to. I know I would.

If you want to keep movement to a minimum, you can simultaneously stand next to the 8th and 9th holes. You’ll see putts on one side and tees from the other.

I found that my favorite perspective is standing behind the green. You can not only see the player’s angle of approach but hear the “thud” of the ball as it hits the green.

As far as (ahem) the “facilities,” we’re stuck with the port-o-potties. “Real” bathrooms are reserved for the “special people.” My mom always told me I was
special. Apparently these people didn’t agree.

I must be out of shape because walking the course really worked up a sweat. Around the 16th hole, no two words could have made me happier than the ones in front of me – “Beer Garden.” I could hear the angels singing.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out the newcomers. After witnessing Adam Scott’s second birdie for the day, we decided to stick with him. It ended up being a good decision because he tied for second place, and it was his first time at the Nelson.

No yelling, no pushing, no waiting. Just the way I like it.

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