AT&T Byron Nelson Round 1 Live Blog: Brooks Koepka in clubhouse 2 shots back

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AT&T Byron Nelson Round 1 Live Blog: Brooks Koepka in clubhouse 2 shots back

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AT&T Byron Nelson Round 1 Live Blog: Brooks Koepka in clubhouse 2 shots back

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The PGA Tour returns to Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas Thursday for the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Play was scheduled to begin at 7:50 a.m. Eastern with Brooks Koepka headlining the 156-player field. Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth seeks his first victory since the 2017 British Open. Aaron Wise, the incumbent PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is back to defend his title.

Much attention will be showered on former NFL quarterback and CBS analyst Tony Romo competing on his home course. Romo has maintained he is serious about making a run at a pro golf career. He’s playing thanks to a sponsor’s exemption. Romo is a 10,000-1 shot to win, according to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. His betting over/under in Round 1 is 77.5.

Romo will be going out Thursday at 2:40 p.m. Eastern with Dylan Frittelli and Scottie Scheffler, just in time for Golf Channel’s three-hour TV window that begins at 3:30 p.m. Among the other notable afternoon groupings in Round 1: Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed take off from the first tee at 1:30 p.m. They will be followed by Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Spieth at 1:40 p.m.

Marc Leishman withdrew prior to the first round on Thursday with a back injury and was replaced by Daniel Chopra. DJ Trahan followed suit with WD during the first round, also due to a back injury.

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6:16 p.m. – Jordan Spieth has battled all afternoon on his home course but is at 4-under, just four shots off the lead, heading to 18.

4:43 p.m. – Tony Romo chipped in for an eagle from 65 feet, 10 inches on the par-5, 7th hole. He’s now at 2-under for the day. That left him two shots ahead of Patrick Reed and only six off the lead. His Round 1 over/under for wagering or entertainment purposes was 77.5.

4:28 p.m. – Jordan Spieth birdied five of his first eight holes before a double-bogey on No. 9 stopped his roll. He got one back on No. 10 and is hovering at 4-under – four shots off the lead – heading to No. 11

3:35 p.m. – Tony Romo is 1-under after three holes.

3:35 p.m. – Local favorite Jordan Spieth, who is also a member of Trinity Forest Golf Club, is 5-under through seven holes. He has five birdies.

3:15 p.m. – The player many came to see – Tony Romo – is 1-under after his first hole of play.

2:15 p.m. – Brooks Koepka finishes his Thursday round with a 65 and sits two shots behind early leader Denny McCarthy.

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