Jimmy Burch has covered professional golf for the Star-Telegram since 1991. He’s received state and national honors for his writing but fills his own scorecard with more bogeys than birdies when he hits the local links.
I'm out at No. 5, where Phil Mickelson came up just short on a 43-foot birdie attempt. He parred from 2 1/2 feet out to remain at 2-under.
E.Y. Yang, playing with Mickelson, lipped out a 7-foot birdie attempt to remain at 1-under.
-- Tracey Myers
I caught Hurst resident Jerod Turner at No. 8, and that's where he started a little run that's continued to the back nine. Turner hit a 15-foot birdie at No. 8, with a decent group of (I can only assume) friends and family following him, his first birdie of the day. That put him at even. On No. 10 he added another birdie, this one a 20-footer, to move to 1-under.
We'll see how the local man does from here on out.
Here's your early leader, or currently co-leader as the case may be, folks: Jeff Overton. The Evansville, Ind., native parred his first seven holes on Thursday before going on a seven-birdie tear over the final 11 holes.
Overton's 63 is one shot off the best opening round in tournament history (Patrick Sheehan shot 62 in the first round in 2005). This is Overton's first time at Colonial, and apparently it's not bothering him a bit.
That included a 29 on the back nine, the best back nine in 29 years (since Greg Kraft did it in 1999).
Overton did well at Byron Nelson last week, too, tying for second at 8-under for the event.
We have reached the big day, the final round out here today at TPC Four Seasons. It's going to be another hot and windy one, and if the wind picks up in the afternoon like it did yesterday, methinks there won't be many big birdie-laden rounds.
Tournament darling Jordan Spieth tees off at 11:54 this morning with veteran Corey Pavin. Jason Day and Blake Adams (Day leads at 12-under, Adams is at 10-under) are the final pair going off at 12:30 p.m.
It's going to be an interesting day out here, folks. Will Spieth complete his tournament to remember with another fantastic round? Will Kenny Perry work his magic at another Metroplex tournament?
I'm using the word "experience" because I'm guessing the nearly 50-year-olds don't like being called "old."
The Jordan Spieth story continues to be the hot topic out here at the Byron Nelson, and for good reason. The kid's gallery is growing by the day (he guesstimated that there were about 500 of his closest Jesuit family and friends out here today); nevertheless, he's never rattled. He shot 3-under today and is 6-under for the tournament, tied for ninth as of now entering Sunday's final round. His partner today? Tom Pernice Jr., a 50-year-old PGA Tour veteran. His potential partner for tomorrow? Corey Pavin, who is also 50.
Pernice said he thoroughly enjoyed playing with the youngster today ("I told him I had two daughters who were 15 and 16 and we laughed at that. It's the greatest thing. I just wish Byron Nelson were alive to see it."
Pernice also made a great point about Spieth's outing at this tournament. Much of the incoming talk of this Byron Nelson was the lack of known stars entered in the tournament. Rory Sabbatini wasn't too happy about it, either. But Spieth's performance is gaining momentum and followers, making this a tournament to remember for those of us who are lucky enough to watch this kid work his magic.
Dallas Jesuit's Jordan Spieth just finished his round for the day, and he sits at 6-under (tied for 10th right now) out here at Byron Nelson. Spieth was announced as he and Tom Pernice Jr. came up to the 18th hole. As you can imagine, he got quite the ovation.
The kid's held his own out here this week, and with the winds gusting more, leaders aren't getting much separation from the pack. Spieth has a great chance to creep up on the final day.
Aussie Mark Hensby finished at 7-under and is right in the thick of the pack here at Byron Nelson. Hensby finished up just as the winds were starting to pick up, and he didn't figure many would shoot low rounds this afternoon.
So far he's been right. Leaders Blake Adams and Jason Day haven't expanded on their leads, if at all, in the early going this afternoon.