Purdy tops field at Byron Nelson Championship

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2005

IRVING, Texas (KRT) - Ted Purdy got the notes from his wife before the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. A two-time runner-up in his third full season on tour, he put the messages in his wallet.

One read: "You can do it, we love you, Daddy." The other said: "Win on the PGA in 2005."

The notes stayed in his pocket during Purdy's opening-round 65 and his second-round 67.

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They were there when he shot 68 on Saturday to pull into contention.

And they were still there on Sunday after he fired a 65 to beat rookie Sean O'Hair by one stroke and accepted the trophy from legend Byron Nelson.

"I guess we did it," Purdy said. "It's amazing when you write things down and put them in your wallet how they happen. It happened."

With his first PGA Tour victory, Purdy got more stuff for his wallet. He more than doubled the biggest check of his career.