Byron Nelson’s tournament has impressed Deane Beman (former American golfer) so much that he decided every PGA Tour event should follow their charity model. He said he used them as an inspiration for what the Tour is today.
The tournament begins today and has gathered circa $117 million for charity from the period Lord Byron’s name has been tied to the tour. The tournament’s first winner in 1944, Nelson was involved in the tournament form the very beginning till his death in 2006.
The Australian golfer Jason Day, who is now living near Dallas, will be defending his only PGA Tour win this week on the field. The golfer will be among other 7 former Nelson winners playing this week.
He said he made a lot of great work to reach his current position. Day’s play for the last 12 months was very useful to him, helping him improve his game and grow “on and off the course.”
K.J. Choi, the winner of The Players Championship from this year, went back to Korea last week to declare his willing to host his personal invitational tournament to be held there. And he’ll be playing at Nelson tour for the first time since he came to Dallas.
His words about the chance to play in this tournament were the following: “I’m just thankful to be able to play in a tournament like this. Mr. Nelson was a true gentleman that represented the game of golf very well. He gets a lot of respect, and I respect him very much. If I have a shot to win this tournament, it would be very special. … And since I announced my own tournament in Korea, to win a tournament with Mr. Nelson’s name in it would be very special.”
The Byron Nelson’s has been one of the most successful charity events on the PGA tour from the financial point of view. They are offering innovative programs for children and their families, as well as a community school with education for vulnerable kids and treatment for restless children.