Las Vegas, Nevada (May 18, 2012)–Seemingly about half the top 20 at the 2012 Byron Nelson Classic have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. While there is still a long way to go, once again the depth of quality golf in the Las Vegas Golf Region is on display on the PGA Tour. Among those challenge are resident Scott Piercy and Alex Cejka, and former Rebels Chris Riley, Charley Hoffman, Andres Gonzales, Chad Campbell, and Bill Lunde. –By Brian Hurlburt
Uncharacteristically calm conditions allowed for low scoring in round one. "I wasn't here last year, and I saw how windy it was, I was actually laughing on my couch sitting at home," Lunde, who shot a 66 in round one, told the media. "But to catch a day in Dallas where it doesn't blow like this was unusual, so it's good to take advantage of the conditions. In Vegas it either blows 0 or 40, there is no in between. The humidity is not bad here today, so similar to Vegas."
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For Hoffman, some confidence was needed and he brought in Butch Harmon School of Golf pro Shawn Callahan to take a look. Hoffman has struggled in 2012. "Nothing great this year," Hoffman told the media about his season to this point. "I haven't hit that great, actually coming in this week wasn't hitting that well. My putter is looking good. I had Shawn Callahan come in and look at me, along with other pro's, I was asking just about everybody for a tip or two. Looks like I got it going, which is what you need when you're down, for the confidence level. It was nice to finish 4‑under."
Cejka on his round and the course: "It's challenging. We had a great day today with not so much wind, it is just with very little breeze. If it's blowing at 30 miles an hour, we saw it last year, the scores go up. So hopefully we are going to have another three good days and we see what happens."