Story By: Robert Jones
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Coming into Sunday, Aaron Wise talked about what it was going to take to win the Byron Nelson Classic on Sunday, on thing he didn’t think he would have to do is weather a almost 4 hour rain delay and a finish in almost darkness on the 18th green.
Co-leading the Sunday final round with Leishman to start this soggy say, Wise overcame the rain delay and stayed calm and collective all while shooting a 6-under 65 for a tournament record 23-under par. Had the round had to go on Monday to finish, it would have been the first time since 1975.
“I did a great job of staying focused on the present day,” yesterday was yesterday in my mind, said Wise, who was the 2016 NCAA individual champion out of Oregon. The emotions didn’t really start to hit me until I went to put my ball down on the little tap-in I had. That’s kind of when it sunk in I had won the golf tournament.”
Sunday’s average score was 68.253, with Branden Grace turning in the lowest round, a 62.
“It was a breath of fresh air, playing something different this week,” Grace said of Trinity Forest. “As soon as it gets settled in, it’s going to be a proper test.”
Coming into the tournament there were a lot of mixed emotions on the move of the tournament from Las Colinas to Trinity Forest this year.
We talked to some of the fans and got their feedback on the first year of the course and what the future holds for Trinity Forest.
“We liked the old set up, it was more inviting and you could just Uber out or roll with a few of your friends, this required a lot more effort on part of the fans to enjoy the experience,” said Eric Smithson, a Dallas resident, who has been attending the tournament since 2002.