AT&T Byron Nelson Coming to McKinney

In my opinion, moving the Byron Nelson to that remote location in south Dallas was one of the worst decisions ever made for the tournament. There's just nothing down there. However, changing the location to the Craig Ranch here in McKinney will turn out to be one of the best not only for the Salesmanship Club, but also the PGA and city of McKinney.

There are countless smaller businesses, large corporations, and high net worth homeowners living within about a 20 minute drive from the course. The PGA has already announced it's new corporate location will be in Frisco, right down Hwy 121, this was a "no brainer".

Here's the Dallas Morning News article ...

AT&T Byron Nelson to be moved to McKinney’s TPC Craig Ranch for 5 years beginning in 2021. This will mark the first time for the tournament to be played outside of Dallas County.

Jordan Spieth reacts after hitting a tee shot on the first hole during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP)(Jae S. Lee / AP)By Brad Townsend 1:02 PM on Apr 14, 2020 The Salesmanship Club and PGA Tour on Tuesday reached a verbal agreement to have

the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament played at McKinney’s TPC Craig Ranch for the next five years, beginning in 2021.

Sources said that the agreement between the tour, the Salesmanship Club and Dallas-based ClubCorp, which operates TPC Craig Ranch, has yet to be signed, but that is expected to occur by the end of Tuesday. It’s also expected that the 100-year-old Salesmanship Club will on Tuesday afternoon notify its members of the agreement.

When finalized, the move to Craig Ranch will begin a new era for the Nelson, which has roots tracing to the 1944 Texas Victory Open at Lakewood Country Club. It will mark the first time the tournament will be played outside of Dallas County.

The Salesmanship Club released this statement early Tuesday afternoon: “The PGA Tour and the AT&T Byron Nelson continue to finalize the tournament’s future location. We expect the PGA TOUR will make an announcement soon.”

Salesmanship Club officials have been searching for a new home for the tournament since January’s announcement that the 2020 Nelson would be the last one played at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. However, that tournament, which was scheduled for May 7-10, was one of eight PGA Tour events to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to sources, Irving’s TPC Four Seasons, which hosted the Nelson from 1983 to 2017, also was in the bidding to host the Nelson starting in 2021.

The Tom Weiskopf-designed TPC Craig Ranch opened in 2004 and has hosted numerous amateur tournaments, as well as the currently-named Korn Ferry Tour’s 2008 and 2012 Tour Championships.