The precocious 26-yearold turned pro after his junior year of high school and has lived up to lofty expectations. In 2005, O’Hair finished second at the Byron Nelson in what was just his 12th start on Tour.
This 26-year-old had a successful amateur career and finished second at last year’s Byron Nelson -- but he’s still looking for his first win as a pro. He’s one of the game’s best ball-strikers, despite a highly unconventional swing.
The Details What: 42nd Annual HP Byron Nelson Championship // When: Thursday, May 21, through Sunday, May 24. Tee times vary but usually start around seven a.m. // Where: TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, 4150 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas (just outside of Dallas) // Tickets: $45 per day; $90 for the entire week // For more information: (972) 717-1200, www.hpbnc.org
GET A FEW OF YOUR OWN SHOTS IN
At the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, guests can tee it up on the same course as the pros for $195. But if you don’t have a room -- or a tee time -- consider these other top-notch Metroplex-area courses.
The Tribute Golf Club
Rated by Golf Digest as the number one public track in Dallas, the Tribute lives up to its name with replica holes from fabled Scottish links courses. $99 to $135. www.thetributegolflinks.com
The Cowboys Golf Club
The NFL-themed course honors the Dallas Cowboys with a clubhouse filled with franchise collectibles and tee markers memorializing the team’s achievements. $100 to $179. www.cowboysgolfclub.com
Pine Dunes Resort & Golf Club
This graceful layout winds through pine forests and sand washes, and it offers stay-and-play specials for those making the hour’s drive from Dallas. From $49. www.pinedunes.com