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Jonathan Byrd |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/27/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 165
College: Clemson University

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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. Oct 14 - 12:31 PM

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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.
Aug 3 - 5:47 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.
Aug 2 - 6:55 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.
Jul 22 - 11:14 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.
Jun 20 - 5:27 PM

Jonathan Byrd will make an appearance at the Travelers Championship later this week.

It's clear that J-Byrd doesn't consider TPC River Highlands one of his favorite stops on TOUR when looking back at his schedule and history over the years. He has missed four of six cuts, with a T26 in 2003 his highlight. He didn't play this event from 2008-2012, returning to miss the cut last year. He is fighting for his PGA TOUR full status in 2014-15, thus the need to give it a go this week. If he makes the cut, it's a success.
Jun 17 - 9:25 PM

Jonathan Byrd has been added to the published field of this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Byrd was a late entry. He missed the cut by two strokes at THE PLAYERS and fell to 122nd in FedExCup points. This will mark his first appearance at TPC Four Seasons since a T69 in 2009.
May 12 - 3:57 PM

Jonathan Byrd battled for a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship to reach the 54-hole mark at 7-under 209.

Byrd traded barbs with Quail Hollow all day, erasing a pair of early bogeys with birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. Turning his attention to the back nine, he birdied the par-4 12th then holed a 22-yard bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 15th. He limited the damage of a rinsed tee shot at the par-3 17th to a bogey, after chipping to six inches. Though he split just half of his 14 fairways, he did manage a respectable 13 GIR. He will try and secure his first top-10 finish of the season on Sunday.
May 3 - 5:02 PM

Jonathan Byrd followed his opening 68 at the Wells Fargo Championship with a 1-under-par 33-38=71 to post 5-under 139, four strokes off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

Byrd stood over 13 chances to break par on the greens at Quail Hollow and did so four times, including a conversion from 45'11" at the par-3 second hole. However, he also squared three bogeys to thwart a mid-tournament run. He swallowed all three bogeys in the five-hole stretch coming in. The middle of the set went in the books as a three-putt from 88 feet at the par-4 14th.
May 2 - 6:24 PM

Jonathan Byrd showcased a red-hot flat stick en route to a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Byrd's missed cut last week in New Orleans ended his consecutive cuts made streak at four, but he saw to it today that a weekend in Charlotte is all but a lock. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation en route to six birdies against two bogeys. It was a standard-issue walk until he holed a birdie from 75'10" at the par-4 18th. As of right now, that ranks as the second-longest conversion on a green this season behind Tiger Woods' 91-footer at Doral. Byrd then added rolls of 20'8", 10'2" and 21'8" at Nos. 3, 7 and 9, respectively, and finished with a strokes gained-putting clip north of 4.310. He went 15-for-15 from inside 11 feet and signed his card sitting two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
May 1 - 12:51 PM

Jonathan Byrd coasted to a bogey-free 4-under 34-33=67 in the final round of the RBC Heritage.

Byrd found 13 greens in regulation during his blemish-free navigation of Harbour Town Golf Links. He converted three times outside of 10 feet, including a remarkable birdie putt from 63'2" on the par-4 10th hole. At even-par 284, the Clemson Tiger won't find his way into the top 25 this week.
Apr 20 - 1:20 PM

Jonathan Byrd rung up a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 for his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

This is Byrd's first start since fulfilling the terms of his Major Medical Extension at Copperhead three weeks ago. As he focuses solely on qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs, he has more work to do sitting 159th in points. Today's effort is the first step in the right direction. Byrd missed only two greens while picking off four birdies. The set included respective conversions of 19'5" and 14'9" at Nos. 12 and 16. He walked off two strokes in arrears of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Apr 3 - 5:22 PM

With a share of 32nd place at the Valspar Championship, Jonathan Byrd has fulfilled the terms of his Major Medical Extension to retain his status for the remainder of the season.

Byrd came to rest at 2-over-par 70-73-70-73=286, banking $31,540.00 and 36.50 FedExCup points. It was his earnings that pushed him over the hump and without a stroke to spare. He cleared the threshold by just $5,450 with one start remaining on the MME. (For the record, he came up 21.75 FedExCup points shy of that alternative goal.) So, the focus sits singularly on his spot in the FedExCup standings. With today's haul, he's 150th.
Mar 16 - 6:48 PM

At 14-under-par 69-66-67-72=274, Jonathan Byrd shared 12th place at the Puerto Rico Open.

Given that the scoring average in the final round was 70.549 (or -1.451 strokes to par), it wasn't the finale that he wanted. He was bogey-free 1-under through 10 holes before squaring bogeys at 11 and 13. A birdie at 14 returned him to even on the day. After a par at the par-5 15th, Byrd double-bogeyed the par-3 16th. Birdies at the last two saved the round. It's his first top-50 finish in eight starts this season. He earned $77,000.00 and 33.75 FedExCup points. This leaves him with two starts on his Major Medical Extension to bank just $26,090 or 58.25 FedExCup points and retain status. He's scheduled to compete in this week's Valspar Championship where a two-way T38 would achieve his objective in earnings. (He'd need a two-way T13 to accomplish the same goal with FedExCup points.) The timing of the event is ideal since he's 10-for-10 at Copperhead with three top 10s and another three top 25s.
Mar 9 - 5:57 PM

Jonathan Byrd calmly posted a blemish-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Puerto Rico Open, reaching the 54-hole mark at 14-under 202.

This is a huge week for Byrd, as this represents his eighth start via a Major Medical Extension, with only two remaining. Entering the week needing $103,090 or 92 FedExCup points, he now finds himself in a tie for third and safely inside the position needed with 18 holes to play. Saturday's round consisted of five birdies and 13 pars, as he took full advantage of each of the four par 5s. His only other birdie came at the par-4 13th. Pressure will be high in Sunday's finale, but he's pulled rabbits out of his hat in the past for the sake of status. The best example would be his win at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2010. Byrd entered that week outside the top 125 on the money list with the season dwindling, but walked away with his fourth of five TOUR wins.
Mar 8 - 3:45 PM