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DALLAS Some of the best players to swing a club are on the greens in North Texas again for the annual Byron Nelson Championship.

But the biggest buzz around this year's tournament is coming from off the course.

"We signed last night a facilities agreement with the PGA Tour and the Trinity Forest Golf Complex," said Robert Smith of the Salesmanship Club, which puts on the event named after the legendary Texas golfer.

Smith confirmed they've inked a deal to move their tee to Dallas from Irving, where the tournament has taken place for 31 years.

The commitment to Dallas comes just in time.

"When I am told I will see an agreement first, I want to see an agreement first," Dallas City Council member Sandy Greyson told News 8 Monday.

She had been growing impatient ahead of a planned Wednesday Council vote on whether to go forward with the proposed multi-million dollar Trinity Forest Golf Complex in Southern Dallas.

Getting the Nelson tournament was a key condition for the vote, said Greyson, who showed us the prerequisites the city required before a vote to go forward could be taken.

"There are five items listed, and the second one is, 'Until the Byron Nelson is secured,'" she said.

That's a call to action for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

"We need to get dirt moving and get some infrastructure in there," he said, insisting it's time to put the putter away and start driving forward quickly.

"This is fabulous news for us," the mayor said. "I think the city is going to get back into world-class golf in a major way."

Before it can, there s still that crucial City Council vote on Wednesday.

E-mail jwheeler@wfaa.com

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