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Jonathan Byrd |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/27/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 165
College: Clemson University

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Jonathan Byrd turned in a 5-under-par 37-30=67 for his opening round of The RSM Classic at the Plantation Course at Sea Island Resort.
As his nine-hole splits indicate, it took the local half the round to figure it out, but he came to rest just one stroke off the pace of the clubhouse tri-leaders. Byrd hit 15 greens in regulation but turned in 1-over. He'd then pick off six birdies coming in to total seven on the round. He capped his loop with three birdies. The 37-year-old has Past Champion status this season, so any glimmers of form are more valuable than usual. He'll look for more on the Seaside Course in the second round. Nov 19 - 2:15 PM

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For a second consecutive season, Jonathan Byrd plays out of the Past Champion category and is making his fifth tournament appearance this week at The RSM Classic.

Byrd is 3-for-4 at the RSM with a best of T32 in the 2011 edition. He missed the cut last year (by two) on rounds of 70-72. The 37-year-old made 13 cuts in 22 starts on TOUR in 2014-15 with six top 25s, finishing 158th in the FedExCup standings. It was the third straight year that he failed to qualify for the postseason. The Saint Simons Island, Georgia, resident cashed in two of four events at the Tour Finals, good for 55th in Finals' money. The last time he made the FEC Playoffs was 2012, qualifying for a sixth consecutive year. He had wrist surgery in 2013 and has not been the same since.
Nov 18 - 10:56 AM

Jonathan Byrd heads to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for his second straight appearance in the Tour Championship.

Byrd played his 14th season on the PGA TOUR on Past Champion status and made 13 cuts on 22 starts to finish 158th in the final FedExCup standings. It's the third consecutive year now that he's attempting to regain his TOUR card thru the Tour Finals having failed in his previous two attempts. The 37-year-old posted T16-CUT-T29 in the first three Finals events pocketing $21,000, good for 37th on the Finals money list, and finished T21 at TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley Course (par 70) in last year's edition on rounds of 70-69-69-69. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded three weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.
Sep 29 - 9:19 AM

Jonathan Byrd readies for his second visit to the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

After qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs for six consecutive years between 2007 and 2012, Byrd has now missed three straight postseasons, finishing 158th in the FedExCup standings in 2014-15. He cashed in 13 of 22 events with six top 25s, but no top 10s. It was the first time since Byrd joined the PGA TOUR in 2002 in which he failed to record a top-10 finish. His season best was T16 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open in early March. The 37-year-old played his 14th season on the PGA TOUR as a Past Champion after failing to regain full status thru the Tour Finals last year posting 73-CUT-CUT-T21 in the four-event postseason.
Sep 9 - 9:39 AM

Jonathan Byrd hung 15 points on the Montrêux G&CC in the third round of the Barracuda Championship to post the 54-hole clubhouse mark at 27 points.

Byrd's loop was highlighted by a hole-out, eagle-2 from 165 yards on the par-4 sixth --good for five points in the Modified Stableford scoring system-- more than enough to offset dropped points at Nos. 5 and 7. But the 37-year-old's theatrics were not done there, adding six birdies to the card for his final tally. Byrd's inward half featured three conventional rolls from inside 12 feet and yet another hole-out, this for birdie on the par-3 16th from right of the green. With play still in progress, he sits sixth on the live leaderboard, up 33 places on the day. The 13-year PGA TOUR veteran entered this week's tournament ranked 163rd in the FedExCup standings. He's posted two top 10s in six Barracuda appearances, T3/2014 and T2/2013.
Aug 8 - 5:54 PM

Jonathan Byrd is scheduled to compete in this week's Quicken Loans National.

There was some confusion at last week's RBC Canadian Open over whether Byrd was in the field, but he finished the week as first alternate. He was the last man to qualify at the commitment deadline at Glen Abbey, and then five top 10s at the Barbasol Championship bumped him (and four others, of course) from the field. He was the only originally exempt golfer not to regain entry. This week at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Byrd was third alternate. Six withdrawals paved the way for guaranteed entry. He's 165th in the FedExCup standings but recorded top 25s in two of his last three starts.
Jul 27 - 12:50 PM

Jonathan Byrd followed his opening 63 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round.

This was a bit sloppy after Byrd enjoyed a career-tying-low on Thursday. He piped only eight (of 14) fairways and hit just 12 greens in regulation on a gettable Old White TPC today. He'd squared three bogeys, including a 15-footer at the par-4 fifth, and three of his four birdies found the cup from outside 11 feet. At 8-under 132, the 37-year-old is just one shot off the pace of the 36-hole co-leaders.
Jul 3 - 7:10 PM

Jonathan Byrd spun a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 in today's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

Oh, them breaks. Byrd tied his career low today and doesn't even share the lead in his own wave. This is the sixth time he's signed for a 63 in 1,088 career rounds on the PGA TOUR. He hit 13 greens in regulation and converted seven birdies. Three of them found the cup from outside 17 feet, the round-long measuring 36'9" at the par-4 10th hole. He also recorded a zero-putt six-yarder for birdie at the par-4 11th. Byrd's greatest test to keep his scorecard clean was fulfilled when he rolled in a five-yarder for par from the fringe at the par-4 seventh. At last check, he ranked sixth in both strokes-gained stats. At 166th in the FedExCup standings, today's success couldn't have come at a better time. Now comes the hard part, to make it count.
Jul 2 - 2:39 PM

Jonathan Byrd has joined the field of this week's Greenbrier Classic.

He was fourth alternate when the field was released, but Byrd was handed a sponsor exemption to eliminate the wait. He's competed in every edition of the tournament, trading two top 25s with three missed cuts. On conditional status this season, he's cashed in just half of his 16 starts and sits 166th in the FedExCup standings as he's still chasing his first top-15 finish.
Jun 29 - 11:37 AM

Jonathan Byrd is scheduled to compete in this week's Travelers Championship.

Byrd was the second alternate when the field was released. He gained entry when four others withdrew. The 37-year-old has been grinding out a season on conditional status, but he's fared no better than T40 (Memorial) in his last eight starts. At 163rd in the FedExCup standings, he'll need to get a move on to qualify for the Playoffs. Alas, if he's interested in tapping into success at TPC River Highlands, he'll need a strong drill. Byrd is just 3-for-7 here with only one top 40, and that was in 2003 (T26).
Jun 22 - 12:38 PM

Jonathan Byrd stapled up a 3-under-par 35-32=67 for his opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and sits five strokes off the overnight lead.

In need of a big move in the FedExCup standings where he's currently 163rd, the five-time PGA TOUR member laid a brick for the foundation of the possibility this week. He exchanged six birdies with three bogeys at TPC Four Seasons today. Two of his birdies ranged 11-13 feet, but his longest conversion disappeared for par from 12'7" at the par-4 ninth hole where he concluded his round.
May 28 - 7:56 PM

Jonathan Byrd is in the published field at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and arrives 163rd in the FedExCup standings.

Byrd is in the AT&T Byron Nelson on conditional status so he has to make the most of his opportunities when he gets them. To date this season, he hasn't, going 6-for-12 with zero top 10s and swallowing four missed cuts in his last five events. The 37-year-old trunk-slammed at last year's Byron Nelson (by six strokes) in his first trip back since a T69-finish in 2009. Byrd is a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR but his last victory came at the season-opening Hyundai TOC in 2011, 100 starts ago.
May 26 - 9:08 PM

Jonathan Byrd has been added to the published field of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Byrd was fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he was given one of the two remaining sponsor exemptions into the field of 156. He missed the cut last week at Harbour Town to extend his skid to three consecutive MCs. Now 162nd in the FedExCup standings, the early flame that he lit this season has dimmed. He's 1-for-3 at TPC Louisiana, but that lone payday was seven years ago when he tied for 12th.
Apr 20 - 11:49 AM

Jonathan Byrd looks to improve upon his 159th ranking in the FedExCup standings at this week's RBC Heritage.

Only playing with conditional status, Byrd got into the field through sponsor exemption. He will have a bit of a following this week as his South Carolina and Clemson roots run deep. Local knowledge hasn't helped him here in the past as he owns just one top 25 in 12 attempts.
Apr 15 - 8:08 PM

Jonathan Byrd recorded a hole-in-one at the par-3 15th hole in his second round of the Valspar Championship, but still missed the cut on the number.

Byrd was 5-over through 32 holes and destined for the weekend off anyway, but he made it interesting. Wielding a 4-iron from the left side of the tee box on the 211-yard hole, his ball landed just short of its target and rolled in. (You can view it at the link below.) The only thing unconventional about it was its rarity. It's the 18th ace on the PGA TOUR this season. There were 17 all of 2013-14. He then parred Nos. 16 and 17 before burying a walk-off birdie from 21-and-a-half feet at the par-4 18th to post 2-over 74-70=144. Adding salt into the wound, this is the first time that the 37-year-old has missed the cut in 12 appearances at Copperhead.
Mar 13 - 8:02 PM