Ryan Palmer

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Where Dallas - - MY DALLAS + FORT WORTH -

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.

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