Night Golf: AT&T Byron Nelson


This article is part of our Nightery Golf series.

There’s a certain joy in being able to take a few dollars off your friends and colleagues and brag about them.

In an effort to achieve this satisfaction, I have done a number of different golf pools on a number of rigs over the years. While it can be rewarding, a number of websites force you to deal with the hassle of chain letters and reminding people of signup fees. Luckily, I was able to find an app called Nightery that made it much easier to create and play in a legit golf pool.

Nightery specifically caters to community games for real money. Nightery has developed a mobile app that provides an interactive experience and all the necessary tools for hosts to host and players to play without the typical headaches. I decided to make a game for the RotoWire office and some friends last week. It literally took me 60 seconds to customize game settings and send invites. I was addicted to watching the Nightery leaderboard all weekend, which updates in real time…and sure enough, I won.

Since it was so easy to host a game, I thought it would be fun to compete with all of you. RotoWire will be running a contest for every PGA tournament over the next two months, and I’ve detailed both how to enter and how to play at the end of this article.

Enter this week for the AT&T Byron Nelson and let’s see what you have!

THE BREAKDOWN

The AT&T Byron Nelson dates back to 1944. A variety of different courses have hosted the event, but for the second year in a row it will be held at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Last year, KH Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory with a tournament record of 25 under par. Mother Nature was very hostile in 2021, dumping a ton of water and turning the course into a hit track. In 2022 it will be a much different challenge as temperatures will be in the 90s with steady winds near 15 miles per hour and no threat of precipitation.

TPC Craig Ranch is visually intimidating off the tee. There are a number of forced deferrals at different hazards and bunkers. The rough won’t really be a problem at all, but big numbers can be done with wandering readers. The firmer conditions should be an advantage for players who are strong with their approach game. The greens are big here, so SG: The approach and proximity numbers should tell a lot more than the greens in regulation percentage. Larger greens should also allow players who find it difficult to fight. All in all, TPC Craig Ranch just isn’t that difficult for PGA Tour players to design. There are a number of very accessible holes and you will need to make a lot of putts to be the lowest man this week.

It’s one of the strongest fields we’ve seen at the Byron Nelson in a while, as many players want a final tune-up to prepare for next week’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills. One sleeper to watch is Erik van Rooyen. The South African has become a fairly consistent top-25 player since last summer. van Rooyen comes out of a T10 on his last start at RBC Heritage and even led for a few holes in Sunday’s final round. He’s been weighed down by his short game this season, but that should be less of a factor at TPC Craig Ranch. van Rooyen ranks in the top 30 of the Tour in SG: Approach and proximity to the hole. He is also 15th in Par-5 Birdie or Better percentage on a course with four very affordable courses.

THE DETAILS

The construction of the RotoWire game on Nightery is simple: select 10 golfers on the course, which are grouped into different levels. The top five golfers on your lineup add up to create your total score, with the other five counting as a tiebreaker.

To enter, follow these steps.

  1. Download the Nightery mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by tapping on this link – https://nightery.app.link/rotowire
  2. Open the app and create an account
  3. Under Invitations, enter the host name: Roto Wire
  4. Deposit funds and buy a $20 entry
  5. Make your choice before the first departure time on Thursday
  6. Invite your friends to play too!

Queues are available for selection once the full field is announced, which is usually around lunchtime on Tuesday.

Anyone can host a game. To purchase an entry, you must be at least 18 years old and physically located in one of the following states: AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, WI, WV, WY.

Michael C. Ford