DALLAS – The PGA Tour returns this week to the Lone Star State, as Trinity Forest Golf Club makes its debut as host of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Here are some marquee, early-round groupings to keep an eye on this week in Dallas, where the two most recent tournament champions will play together for 36 holes (all times ET):
8:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:40 p.m. Friday: Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Satoshi Kodaira
Kuchar’s low ball flight could be conducive to the Texas winds in store this week at Trinity Forest, and he’ll be grouped for the first two rounds with Matsuyama, who was a late addition to the field as he continues to rebound from a wrist injury earlier this season. They’ll be joined by Kodaira, who won the RBC Heritage last month in a playoff.
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8:50 a.m. Thursday, 1:50 p.m. Friday: Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Palmer
Horschel returns as the defending champion, having edged Jason Day in a playoff last year during the swan song at TPC Las Colinas. He’ll be joined by Garcia, who won in Dallas in 2004 and again two years ago in a playoff over Brooks Koepka, with local resident Palmer rounding out the marquee trio after a T-23 finish at TPC Sawgrass.
1:40 p.m. Thursday, 8:40 a.m. Friday: Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Scott Piercy
This group will feature a pair of Aussies, as 2008 champ Scott returns in his quest to qualify for the U.S. Open via the world rankings. He’ll be joined by Leishman, who feasted upon the tournament’s former host site, with Piercy joining on the heels of a pair of missed cuts in his last two starts.
1:50 p.m. Thursday, 8:50 p.m. Friday: Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Graeme McDowell
Spieth will be the headline attraction this week, as the Dallas native returns to the tournament where he made his PGA Tour debut eight years ago at age 16. Walker enters off a recent run of form that includes a fourth-place showing in San Antonio and a runner-up finish at TPC Sawgrass, while McDowell looks for his first top-10 finish since November.