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Golfer Ryan Palmer always views the mid-May swing that brings the PGA Tour to North Texas as a homecoming of sorts. This spring, the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Dean & DeLuca Invitational will make Palmer appreciate life on the home front even more. Here, the Texas native talks about the hometown tournaments and living the good life in DFW. Read the full interview at wheretraveler.com/dallas. —Jay Bemis How do you feel about your chances this year at the Byron, where you nearly won in 2011?
I always have confidence going into the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Dean & DeLuca at the Colonial ... With the success I've had [at the Byron], it's fun to play in front of family and friends, and the crowd's always great there. I love the week. I always feel I can win that week, anytime. And, of course, with the Colonial (the Dean & DeLuca) being my home course—especially after last year, finishing third to Jordan (Spieth)— I've got a little redemption for myself to go in and give myself a chance to win. It's the one event I want to win more than anything, I think, on tour. I look forward to those two weeks every year. It's got some demanding holes if you don't drive the ball. You have to place your tee shot on that course. It's got some demanding approach shots, the way the greens are designed and set up. You've really got to bring your second shots from certain areas of the fairway to have the best chance. And you get the winds off there every year, [which] makes it even tougher. It's a "patient" golf course.
Fortunately, I've learned to be more patient each year and I've had some good success.
How often do you play at the Colonial? Do you play there year-round?
Yeah, [I'm] a member there and my caddy, James Edmonson, is a member there. We get involved with the other members in the "big" games we play all the time. There will be times when I'm home where we'll play two or three rounds throughout the week. It's one of the best golf courses we play on tour, for sure. The history of the golf course, the history of the tournament ... I'm honored to be a part of that club.
When friends or relatives come to town for the Texas swing (or any other time), are there any places in DFW you like to take them or that you recommend?
During the Dean & DeLuca [in Fort Worth], I try to get them over to Joe T. Garcia's. That's always a great, popular spot. We'll go up Sunday after the tournament and hang out ... Hopefully the [Dallas] Stars are in the playoffs during those two weeks so we try to go to a game. It's always nice to get out to a Texas Rangers game with some friends. But during tournament week I'm pretty much to myself—just relaxing with Jen and the kids and trying to stay focused.