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Spieth, Johnson provide star power for Byron Nelson field

Jordan Spieth of Dallas is the highest-ranked player in the AT&T Byron Nelson, which completed its field Friday. Spieth is shown hitting from the fifth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Spieth was in danger of missing the cut.
Jordan Spieth of Dallas is the highest-ranked player in the AT&T Byron Nelson, which completed its field Friday. Spieth is shown hitting from the fifth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Spieth was in danger of missing the cut. AP

A late flurry of Friday commitments ended with seven players listed among the top 20 in the world golf rankings headed to next week’s AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving.

The list of competitors is topped by Dallas resident Jordan Spieth, the No. 2 player in the world rankings and the reigning U.S. Open champion.

The other top-10 player in the Nelson field at the Four Seasons Resort will be Dustin Johnson, the No. 8 player in the world rankings.

Zach Johnson, the 2015 British Open winner and No. 18 player in the world rankings, joins Spieth to provide the second reigning major champion heading into Thursday’s opening round of the $7.3 million PGA Tour event.

Dallas' Jordan Spieth receives a loud ovation as he begins his quest to win the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.

Other notables in the mix include Dallas resident Steven Bowditch, the defending Nelson champ, as well as past Nelson winners Sergio Garcia (2004), Ernie Els (1995) and Vijay Singh (2003). Garcia, playing in his first Nelson since 2011, is No. 15 in the world rankings.

Other top-20 players who have pledged to play in Irving are Louis Oosthuizen (No. 13), Brandt Snedeker (No. 16) and Brooks Koepka (No. 20).

Ten competitors rank among the top 30 in the world rankings, including Charl Schwartzel (No. 21), Matt Kuchar (No. 30) and former Baylor standout Jimmy Walker (No. 28), one of Friday’s deadline additions.

The 156-player field also includes a contingent with Tarrant County ties: Fort Worth golfers J.J. Henry, Tom Hoge and Martin Piller; Colleyville residents Ryan Palmer and Chad Campbell, and Dallas resident Martin Flores, a Mansfield High School graduate.

Bryson DeChambeau, a former SMU golfer who won the 2015 NCAA individual championship and the 2015 U.S. Amateur title, is in the field as a sponsor’s exemption.

DeChambeau, 22, turned professional after earning low amateur honors in last month’s Masters Tournament and finished in a tie for fourth in his professional debut at the RBC Heritage event, April 18 in Hilton Head, S.C. DeChambeau earned $259,600 in the first official payday at a PGA Tour event.

2016 AT&T Byron Nelson field

Competitors for the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson, which begins Thursday at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving:

Joe Affrunti, Thomas Aiken, Tyler Aldridge, Robert Allenby, Abraham Ancer, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Blayne Barber, Ricky Barnes, Cameron Beckman, Zac Blair, Jonas Blixt, Steven Bowditch, Keegan Bradley, Bronson Burgoon, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Miguel Angel Carballo, Bud Cauley, Alex Cejka, Chad Collins, Erik Compton, Ben Crane, Jon Curran, Bryson DeChambeau, Graham DeLaet, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Ernie Els, Harris English, Derek Ernst, Derek Fathauer, Tony Finau, Martin Flores, Sergio Garcia, Brice Garnett, Robert Garrrigus, Brian Gay, Rhein Gibson, Tom Gillis, Lucas Glover, Andres Gonzales, Jason Gore, Luke Guthrie, Chesson Hadley, Adam Hadwin, James Hahn, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, J.J. Henry, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, Tom Hoge, Charles Howell III, Mark Hubbard, John Huh, Billy Hurley III, Trevor Immelman, Hiroshi Iwata, Freddie Jacobson, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Sung Kang, Jerry Kelly, Michael Kim, Whee Kim, Colt Knost, Brooks Koepka, Kelly Kraft, Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Andrew Landry, Scott Langley, D.H. Lee, Danny Lee, Lucas Lee, Richard H. Lee, Marc Leishman, Spencer Levin, Luke List, Andrew Loupe, Will MacKenzie, Peter Malnati, Steve Marino, John Merrick, Bryce Molder, Alex Moon, Seung-Yul Noh, Henrik Norlander, Brian Norman, Sean O’Hair, Louis Oosthuizen, Rob Oppenheim, Carlos Ortiz, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, Martin Piller, Scott Pinckney, D.A. Points, Ian Poulter, Dicky Pride, Alex Prugh, Michael Putnam, Chez Reavie, Curtis Reed, Kyle Reifers, Wes Roach, Patrick Rodgers, Andres Romero, Sam Saunders, Charl Schwartzel, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Cameron Smith, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Shawn Stefani, Brett Stegmaier, Darron Stiles, Chris Stroud, Hudson Swafford, Michael Thompson, Brendon Todd, David Toms, D.J. Trahan, Marc Turnesa, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Dawie van der Walt, Jhonattan Vegas, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, Steve Wheatcroft, Will Wilcox, Tim Wilkinson, Mark Wilson, Gary Woodland, Bobby Wyatt, Will Zalatoris.

ALTERNATES: Frank Lickliter II, Billy Mayfair, John Rollins, Greg Chalmers, Ted Purdy, Steve Flesch, Tim Petrovic, Mark Hensby, Eric Axley, Chris Smith.

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