Nelson officials land seven of world’s top 25 golfers

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More information HP Byron Nelson Championship A list of golfers who have committed to compete in next week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving. Commitments became official Friday: Stephen Ames, Stuart Appleby, Sang-Moon Bae, Blayne Barber, Ricky Barnes, Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Jason Bohn, Justin Bolli, Steven Bowditch, Keegan Bradley, Michael Bradley, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Greg Chalmers, Gary Christian, Will Claxton, Erik Compton, Donald Constable, Ben Crane, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Brian Davis, Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Chris DiMarco, James Driscoll, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Bob Estes, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Martin Flores, Brad Fritsch Tommy Gainey, Scott Gardiner, Robert Garrigus, Bobby Gates, Brian Gay, Tom Gillis, Fabian Gomez, Andres Gonzales, Jeff Gove, Nathan Green, Luke Guthrie, Paul Haley II, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, Morgan Hoffman, Charles Howell III, John Huh, Trevor Immelman, Ryo Ishikawa, Freddie Jacobson, Brandt Jobe, Dustin Johnson, Matt Jones, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, Jerry Kelly, Colt Knost, Russell Knox, Ben Kohles, Matt Kuchar, Hank Kuehne, Doug LaBelle II, Scott Langley, Steve LeBrun, D.H. Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Michael Letzig, David Lingmerth, Luke List, Bill Lunde, Jeff Maggert, Steve Marino, David Mathis, Troy Matteson, Billy Mayfair, William McGirt, George McNeill, Eric Meierdierks, Bryce Molder, Seung-Yul Noh, Henrik Norlander, Sean O’Hair, Nick O’Hern, Joe Ogilvie, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Jin Park, Jesper Parnevik, Cameron Percy, Pat Perez, Kenny Perry, Tim Petrovic, Scott Piercy, D.A. Points, Ted Porter Jr., Alistair Presnell, Dicky Pride, Ted Purdy, Jeff Quinney, Chez Reavie, Patrick Reed, Brian Ricketts, Tag Ridings, Alexandre Rocha, John Rollins, Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel, John Senden, Wes Short, Jr., Marcel Siem, Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Jordan Spieth, Shawn Stefani, Darron Stiles, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Kevin Sutherland, Andrew Svoboda, Vaughn Taylor, Nicholas Thompson, Guan Tianlang, Brendon Todd, Peter Tomasulo, D.J. Trahan, Scott Verplank, Camilo Villegas, Jimmy Walker, Aaron Watkins, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, Charlie Wi, Lee Williams, Casey Wittenberg, Gary Woodland, Y.E. Yang. Alternates: Scott McCarron, Matt Bettencourt, Lee Janzen, Joe Durant, Ryuji Imada, Duffy Waldorf, Dean Wilson, Glen Day, Arjun Atwal, Cameron Beckman.

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Officials at the HP Byron Nelson Championship will feature seven of the top 25 players in the world golf rankings at next week’s PGA Tour stop in Irving, based on the latest wave of commitments before Friday’s deadline.

The list includes Dustin Johnson, the No. 19 player in the world rankings who withdrew before Friday’s second round at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. because of a lower back injury. Johnson, a significant gate attraction and one of the tour’s longest hitters, posted Friday on his Twitter account that he is “hoping to rebound” at the Nelson and still plans to compete in Irving.

Only four players in next week’s field at the Four Seasons Resort rank higher than Johnson in the world rankings: Louis Oosthuizen (No. 7), Matt Kuchar (No. 11), Keegan Bradley (No. 14) and Charl Schwartzel (No. 16). The list of top-25 competitors also includes the past three Nelson winners: defending champ Jason Dufner (No. 20); 2010 champ Jason Day (No. 25), a former Fort Worth resident, and Bradley, the 2011 champ.

Among Friday’s notable additions to the Nelson field were John Daly, Ryo Ishikawa, Stuart Appleby, Camilo Villegas, Chris DiMarco and Ted Purdy, the 2005 Nelson champ. Dropping off the list were Bo Van Pelt, the No. 26 player in the world rankings, as well as Carl Pettersson, Johnson Wagner and Derek Ernst, last week’s winner at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

In addition, the 2013 Nelson will feature two notable teenagers: Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China who finished as low amateur at the 2013 Masters, and Dallas native Jordan Spieth, 19, who will compete for the first time as a professional in his hometown tour stop. Spieth made his PGA Tour debut at the 2010 Nelson and finished in a tie for 16th while playing as a 16-year-old during his junior year at Jesuit High School.

Notable international players in the Nelson field will be past major champions Trevor Immelman (South Africa), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Padraig Harrington (Ireland) and Angel Cabrera (Argentina).

But the big news is that Johnson, who also withdrew from the 2013 Masters because of his back ailment, still plans to compete in Irving despite withdrawing from The Players after posting a 74 in Thursday’s opening round. In explaining his decision on his Twitter account (@DJohnsonPGA), he wrote: “Felt good working out this morning but something didn’t feel right on the range b4 the round. Hoping to rebound @ the @hpbnc!!”

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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