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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 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

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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

Jonathan Byrd settled for an even-par 36-36=72 in his third round of the Puerto Rico Open.

He hit only 11 greens in regulation and wiped away three birdies with as many bogeys. At 3-under 213, he's only three strokes off the 54-hole clubhouse lead. Byrd's last top 10 was a T3 at the Barracuda Championship last summer. Like the PRO, that's also an opposite event where the distribution of FedExCup points is about three-fifths that of a regular PGA TOUR stop.
Mar 7 - 3:43 PM

Jonathan Byrd chased his opening 70 at the Puerto Rico Open with a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in today's second round to post 3-under 141 at the midpoint, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Byrd went out in the second threesome off the first tee at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico today, so his aggregate is unlikely to go in the books as the 36-hole target. However, he's where he needs to be entering the weekend. He hit 12 greens in regulation and covered four bogeys with five birdies today.
Mar 6 - 11:07 AM

Jonathan Byrd signed for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 following his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Byrd is one of the more contemporary notables in the field, but he has conditional status, so this is a must-start for the veteran. He enjoyed top 15s in his first two trips to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, so it makes sense that he got off to a good start today. Byrd striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens en route to four birdies against two bogeys.
Mar 5 - 3:32 PM

Jonathan Byrd returns to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico for his third Puerto Rico Open.

The veteran has fared well on his first two trips, tying for 13th in 2009 before returning with a T12 in 2014. He possesses only conditional status in 2014-15, so his starts have been few and far between. He last popped up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he tied for 65th.
Mar 3 - 8:31 PM

Jonathan Byrd has wiggled into the field of this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Byrd was the seventh alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry when former alternate D.H. Lee withdrew and sixth alternate Scott Gardiner passed on filling the void. Byrd hasn't played since concluding the fall with a pair of top 25s. He's 109th in the FedExCup standings. That's solid given he's playing this season on conditional status. This will be his eighth start at Torrey Pines where he's survived five cuts but hasn't finished inside the top 35.
Feb 2 - 3:03 PM

Jonathan Byrd is off and running with a pair of top-25 finishes in the early stages of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

The Clemson Tiger is forced to try and negotiate this season with conditional status, and he is doing so admirably in the early going. He finds himself 75th in the FedExCup standings, with his top 25s coming in his most recent two starts. A stalwart on the PGA TOUR for over a decade, this is the first time in his career where he hasn't held full status since breaking through with a win in his rookie season back in 2002. If he can secure enough starts, then it is certainly possible for him to crack the top 125 in the FEC and earn a Playoffs berth and full status for 2015-16.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd lit up the Country Club of Jackson for a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Byrd began his day on the 10th hole, and picked up five birdies and four pars on the back nine. Turning his attention towards the front, he tacked on two more birdies to just one bogey. His 8-under 208 total has him positioned inside the top 10. Playing with just conditional status, the Clemson Tiger is the ninth alternate for next week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Should he crack the top 10 this week, he would be assured a spot in next week's tournament.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd won the 2010 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a dramatic walk-off ace in a playoff against Martin Laird and Cameron Percy and returns to TPC Summerlin this week.

Of that threesome, Byrd is the only one not fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. He enjoys only conditional status. This is the first time the Clemson grad hasn't had his full status on TOUR since his rookie season of 2002. He'll likely catch more than his share of sponsor exemptions when necessary this season, and a strong start to the year in Las Vegas would increase his chances for additional starts even more. He can be a feast-or-famine player, so there is no reason to think he couldn't catch lightening in a bottle any given week if the putter cooperates.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd ended his week at the Barracuda Championship by nabbing 11 points with a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round to secure a top-five finish with 37 points.

Byrd is obviously a fan of the Modified Stableford scoring system, as he tied for second at Montrêux G&CC last year and took advantage of the weight placed on birdies in his final round. He circled seven birdies and surrendered three bogeys, only writing down one par on the back nine on Sunday. His biggest thrill was a birdie from 26'11" out of a greenside bunker on the par-4 15th. He entered the week 152nd in the FedExCup standings and 144th on the money list and took a big chunk out of what he needed to do to secure a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card with just the Wyndham Championship remaining on his schedule.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd racked up 13 points in the third round of the Barracuda Championship to double his total for the week to 26.

Byrd circled seven birdies and squared just one birdie on his lap around Montrêux G&CC, failing to convert a 3'9" birdie at the par-5 13th and an 8'6" eagle at the par-5 18th in the process. Only his 12'8" birdie on the par-3 seventh fell from outside of 10 feet. It wasn't all bad with the flat stick, as he saved three pars from nine feet or longer. The veteran began his week 152nd in the FedExCup standings and 144th on the money list with only this week and the Wyndham Championship remaining to crack the top 125 in order to secure his full status in 2014-15. A top-five finish on Sunday could go a long way towards doing just that.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 06:55:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd will try and tackle Royal Montreal Golf Club in what will be his seventh appearance at the RBC Canadian Open.

Byrd possesses a 5-for-6 record in Canada’s national championship but none of the six have been played at this venue. Since fulfilling the terms of his major medical in March, he is 6-for-12 with just three finishes inside the top 50. His previous success at the Canadian Open is nice, but is vastly overshadowed by his recent form, which provides a great reason for gamers to avoid Byrd this week.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Jonathan Byrd carded a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in his second round of the Travelers Championship to reach the halfway point in 2-under 138.

Byrd has been scuffling since a T14 at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May. His third-round 70 at Quail Hollow was his most recent round under par until today. After burying a birdie from 19'2" at the par-4 10th to open his trot around TPC River Highlands, he jarred his tee ball with a 9-iron from 153 yards at the par-3 11th. It's his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR since his walk-off ace at the 2010 Shriners. Alas, Byrd played his final 16 holes today in 1-over; both of his subsequent birdies ranged 10-13 feet.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 05:27:00 PM