The HP Byron Nelson Championship is played May 21 through May 24 at the Four Seasons Las Colinas outside Dallas. The tournament is affectionately called “The Byron”, and it’s put on by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. This is the first in a series of preview articles leading up to the tournament.
The numbers speak for themselves, but no matter how impressive Byron Nelson’s records are it’s the quality of the man people talk about first. He set records as a golfer that may never be touched, and it’s only appropriate that the tournament that bears his name continues to set records every year, even after his death.
BEFORE THE TOUR
John Byron Nelson, Jr. was born near Waxahachie, TX on February 4, 1912. Throughout his career on the course and his life afterward he’s intrinsically linked to fellow PGA Tour greats Sam Snead and fellow Texan Ben Hogan, as the three of them were born within 6 months of each other.
When Byron was 11 his family moved to Fort Worth, and he proceeded to have a close call with typhoid fever. At age 12 he was baptized, and it also marked the beginning of his life in golf, as he started caddying at the Glen Garden Country Club. The fact that caddies were not officially allowed to play on the club didn’t hold Byron back, as he used to sneak onto the course to play in the dark. A couple of years later the rules were relaxed a bit, and Byron defeated fellow caddy Ben Hogan in a 9-hole playoff to win the club’s caddy tournament.
A couple of posts ago I did my 2009 Titelist Pro V1x review. I mentioned that I got a surprising amount of spin for the ball more touted for distance.
Yesterday I played my first full round with the new Pro V1 (not the x). I call this one Pro V1 regular flavor.
I was quite blown away by the distance I had with this rendition of the V1. I found myself on the par-4 1st hole closer to the green than I’d ever been off the tee. I was 66 yards to a back pin and the hole is 393. If a back pin is +10 yards that makes it about a 340 yard drive.
So my first impression of the new Pro V1 regular flavor, is that it is plenty long. Possibly even longer for me than the X. Is that right? I get more spin from the X and more distance from the regular flavor? WTF? Did Titleist accidentally label the two models backwards? Perhaps the regular flavor is a bit softer than the X, and allows me to compress it more.
Some reviews I really want to take my time and play a whole bunch of golf before I write them. This is the case with the new Titleist Pro V1x. I’ve played roughly my last 10 rounds or so with the new Pro V1x, enough rounds to experience the ups and downs of my normal game. For the last couple of weeks it has been ups, which doesn’t suck.
The new ProV1x has had some changes under the hood. It is no secret that Titleist had to change the ProV1 series due to their losing a court battle with Callaway over the way the ball is made.
The Pro V1x is a four piece/layer ball. The first layer, in the center of the ball is called the inner core. The inner core is 1″ in diameter and made of a material called Polybutadiene. Polybutadiene is a highly durable synthetic rubber commonly used for tires or coating electronic assemblies.
The 2nd layer is the outer core. The outer core is 1.55″ in diameter and also made of Polybutadiene.
Left: Cores – Center: Dimples and parting line – Right: Casing
Layer three is called the casing. The casing is .035″ of ionomer, a highly durable plastic/rubber.
The fourth layer (are we done with layers yet?) is a urethane elastomer, .03″ thick.
Why all the layers? What do they do?
7:24pm ET – ANGEL CABRERA IS MASTERS CHAMPION
Kenny Perry lost his swing starting on the 17th hole and through the two hole playoff. Chad Campbell succumbed to the pressure as well, putting his approach shot into the right greenside bunker on the 1st hole of the playoff.
Angel Cabrera has some big time kahunas and is Masters champion! I’ll write more later, but there’s still daylight. I’m off to the course to play until sunset.
6:46pm ET PLAYOFF
I think I’m going to have a heart attack.
Kenny Perry bogeys the last two holes. We have a three man playoff between Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell and Angel Cabrera. Guess I’ll keep my clubs in the garage for now and crack open a frosty beverage.
17th fairway… Kenny Perry has a two shot lead after making birdie on 15 and nearly ACING 16. I’m so happy for Perry, who will become the oldest major champion in the history of golf. I just hope he finishes soon, so I can get out and play a few holes. This is the only time of year I’d rather watch golf than play it, and I have the itch.
Kenny Perry just made a 3-putt par on #13 to stay at -12, but still holds one shot lead over Chad Campbell. Cabrera still has a chance at -10.
Tiger and Phil both limped home, making bogey on 18. Perhaps they just beat each other up today. Tiger even knocked his 2nd shot off a tree trunk. Phil‘s 67 and Tiger‘s 68 could have been 65’s or better. I could have sworn I saw Tiger limping after the tree shot on 18. Just like in football, limp after you make a bad play…
This week I usually stick to Masters only golf blog posts. But this warrants a mention.
I’ve had some members sign up here and at The Golf Space, and I’ve gotten emails from people in China who sell brand name gear for really cheap. Mega cheap. I’m talking Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping and Cleveland.
I’ve forwarded their emails to my connections at some of those companies and booted those members off my sites.
I’m glad to see that three counterfeiters in Shangai have been raided are going to be prosecuted.
Full press release below: