Following Webb Simpson’s dominant performance at the Players, the PGA Tour heads to Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas for the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson. This is the first year it will be held at Trinity Forest.
Television coverage for the tournament is as follows: Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel (4-7 p.m. ET), Saturday and Sunday on both Golf Channel (1-2:45 p.m. ET) and CBS (3-6 p.m. ET). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of both of these channels on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
DirecTV Now: While CBS (live in select markets) is included in all four channel packages, Golf Channel is in the “Go Big” and “Gotta Have It” bundles. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can then watch either channel live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live television channels, including both Golf Channel and CBS (live in select markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of either channel on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
Amazon Prime: If you just want to watch the CBS broadcasts, this is your best option. If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch a live stream of your local CBS channel via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can watch CBS live on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the the Amazon Video app.
PGA Tour Live: You can also watch early Thursday and Friday action (featured groups and featured holes) via PGA Tour Live, which costs $5.99 per month or $39.99 per year. After signing up, you can then watch on your computer via PGATourLive.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the PGA Tour Live app.
The field, obviously, isn’t anywhere near as strong as last week, but there are still plenty of intriguing players who will be teeing it up this week. The favorite is Jordan Spieth, who wasn’t great at TPC Sawgrass (T41), but he had tallied six Top-20’s in his previous seven tournaments, plus he has the advantage of this being a home-town course for him.
“I don’t know if it’s a home-field advantage for me or not,” Spieth said. “I’ve played there a lot, but so have a lot of guys [touring pros] who live in North Texas.”
That list includes Beau Hossler, who lives in Dallas, plays out of Trinity Forest and isn’t far removed from a second-place finish at the Houston Open. The 23-year-old is in his first full year on Tour, and he has just the one aforementioned Top-10 since the calendar turned to 2018, but his comfort level makes him an interesting sleeper to watch.
Remaining with the Texas theme, Jimmy Walker played his college golf at Baylor, he lives in Texas, and he enters this tournament with scintillating form. His runner-up finish at the Players was his second-straight Top-5 individual finish (not counting the Zurich), and his third-straight Top-20.
The defending champion at this tournament is Billy Horschel. And while that may not matter much considering we’re at a new course, Horschel has picked up three Top-12’s in his last four tournaments, including a win at the Zurich Classic.
Other noteworthy players in the field include two-time tournament champion Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott, Branden Grace and Marc Leishman.