Alabama native in contention at Byron Nelson rekindles old friendship

Alabama native in contention at Byron Nelson rekindles old friendship

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So far, Dickie Pride has rounds of 66 and 68 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, to go 6-under par. That has Pride in contention for a win, which would be his first since 1994.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Updated Saturday, May 19 at 7:09 PM

IRVING - Dickey Pride walked off the number nine green at the HP Byron Nelson Golf Championship as a co-leader of the tournament, and quickly found himself talking to an old friend.

Pride is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The conversation he was having was with former Alabama and Dallas Cowboys linebacker LeRoy Jordan. Jordan was born in Excel, Alabama.

Jordan followed him during the final few holes and has known the Pride family for years. He knew Pride's father before Dickey was even born.

"Yeah, it was a surprise [to see him,]" Pride said. "I hadn't seen him in a couple of years; it was nice to see him."

Before he bogeyed the final hole, Pride was alone in first place at 7-under par.

"I got distracted off the tee," Pride said after his round. "I was happy I dug it out of the bunker, eventually, and I was happy it spit out."

Pride went from a fairway bunker to green-side bunker, which eventually lead to a bogey that cost him the lead.

At age 42, Pride has one win on the tour and that was 18 years ago.

"Last time I won on the tour was 1994," Pride said. "You don't forget those things."

Pride already has two top ten finishes this year, far exceeding his earning in 2011, when he earned just $64,213.

Now he's in contention after two rounds.

"I'm playing solid," he said. "I can't get all caught up with what's going on with the leader board."

So far, Pride has rounds of 66 and 68, to go 6-under par.

His approach for the final two rounds sounds simple enough.

"Just put yourself in position and see what you can do," Pride said.

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