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Jonathan Byrd

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 1/27/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 165

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Jonathan Byrd breezed through Trinity Forest with a 6-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, good for a share of the early lead alongside four others. UPDATE: Byrd was later passed up on the leaderboard by Marc Leishman who fired a career-low 61 (-10).
The 40-year-old opened his day on the back nine and got the scoring started with a pair of 8-footers, first at the 11th and then again at the 14th. The putter remained solid throughout the round but it was really a balanced attack for Byrd. He walked off Trinity Forest gaining 1+ strokes in all four of the strokes gained sub-categories. If this co-lead holds then it'll be his sixth career first-round lead/co-lead but the first since the 2012 Tournament of Champions. Two of those early leads have come at Kapalua, another Coore & Crenshaw design. May 17 - 2:35 PM

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Jonathan Byrd preps for a home game as he turns his attention toward this week's RSM Classic at the Sea Island Golf Club.

The Clemson product calls St. Simons home and he's used that local knowledge to record a 5-for-6 record at this event. However, none of those starts have yielded anything better than a T21. That came last year when Byrd fired a bogey-free, 8-under 62 while taking on the Seaside Course in R1. More recently, the 39-year-old played his way back into PGA TOUR status by winning the Tour Championship. It was an event that he nearly skipped after feeling down about his game. That win hasn't translated to early-season success as he's just 1-for-3 with his best finish coming last week at the OHL Classic in the form of a T61. His local knowledge makes him an interesting sleeper, but gamers should keep their expectations to a reasonable level.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 05:36:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 596 Jonathan Byrd styled a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the John Deere Clasic to conclude on 15-under 269, up three spots to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Byrd finished T5, three shy of champion Bryson DeChambeau.

This was the 39-year-old's 13th Deere, fifth top 25 and third top 10, first since his win in 2007. That win was his third (of five) TOUR titles, last winning at the 2011 Hyundai TOC 120 starts ago. It was the Clemson alum's sixth start of the season, second top 25 (T21, RSM Classic) and first top 10, and first top 10 since T3 at the 2014 Barracuda Championship 35 months ago. After kicking off in 70-65-67, the South Carolina native began T8 on 11-under, five back. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.341 strokes approaching-the-green. Byrd squared a lone bogey-5 at five, offset with five birdies at Nos. 4, 6, 8, 12 and 17, two from between 12 and 14 feet, adding a 32-footer at the 12th. He registered 1.733 putts per GIR and 0.998 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 05:21:00 PM

Past champion Jonathan Byrd breezed through TPC Deere Run en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 during round two of the John Deere Classic, firing 50 spots up the live leaderboard to sit at 7-under 135 entering the weekend.

The five-time TOUR winner picked off one of his victories at the 2007 John Deere Classic. He also finished runner-up during the 2003 edition, so he has plenty of fond memories on the property this week. During his stellar round today he missed just one fairway and pelted 14 greens in regulation. Five of those GIRs setup birdie looks from inside six feet, converting on all of them. He also splashed home a huge 31'3" birdie bomb early in the round at the par-5 second. Byrd has been spending a lot of time on the circuit this year, as he tries to play his way back into full TOUR status. Down in the minors he is 9-for-12 but ranks just 45th on the money list. If Byrd can maintain today's torrid pace then he won't even need to return to the WCT.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 01:45:00 PM

Playing the Plantation Course at Sea Island, sponsor invite Jonathan Byrd carved out a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in today's second round of The RSM Classic to post 10-under 132, down two places on the live leaderboard to T4.

Coming off a career-low 62 (Seaside Course), the 38-year-old dipped to seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.750 putts per GIR. After circling eight birdies in R1, he mustered just three in R2 against a lone bogey-5 at the 13th after trouble off the tee (penalty). On the plus side, the St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident went 5-for-5 in sand saves.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 02:27:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd breezed through the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club with a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-32=62 during the opening round of The RSM Classic, finding himself one off the pace after day one.

The Clemson product found just eight fairways today but recovered nicely to still land 16 greens. That solid iron-play was good enough to gain 2.915 strokes approaching-the-green. It wasn't all ball-striking today, though, as Byrd also rolled in four birdie putts from the 15-to-19 foot range. Playing his 19th round at the RSM, this beats his previous best by four strokes. It also goes in the books as his career-low round on the PGA TOUR, previously posting rounds of 63 on six occasions, most recently R1 of the 2015 Greenbrier.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd got off to a quick start at the Sanderson Farms Championship, piecing together a 6-under-par 34-32=66 to position himself three strokes off the pace set by Kevin Streelman.

The Clemson grad found just five fairways off the tee today, but recovered nicely to still land 16 greens in regulation. His main scoring tool was the flat stick, though. Byrd splashed home six putts from outside eight feet. The most notable being a 23'9" birdie splash at the par-4 17th and then a 31'1" birdie bomb at the par-4 eighth. Looking to earn back his PGA TOUR card, this week poises a great opportunity to get started as he can take advantage of familiar bermudagrass putting surfaces.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 07:17:00 PM

Sponsor invite Jonathan Byrd is in Charlotte, North Carolina, for this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The South Carolina native has played in 12 of 13 WFC's sitting out the 2006 edition. He missed his first five cuts and seven total, including last year by four at 4-over-par 72-76=148. Byrd's five cashes have netted four top-15 finishes however, three for top 10s, highlighted by a playoff loss in 2011. The 38-year-old is playing this season on Past Champion status and is 4-for-5 with a pair of T39s his best. In his last start on TOUR, he played out of the penultimate twosome on Sunday in Puerto Rico but shot 7-over 79 for T39. Byrd ranks 15th on the Tour money list with three top 10s on six starts and enters off a missed cut last week at Victoria National GC.
Wed, May 4, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Jonathan Byrd kept his name in contention with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach, reaching 10-under 206 on the week, just one stroke off the 54-hole lead.

After a second-round effort that included a pair of eagles, Byrd stuck to the normal sized birds today, racking five birdies with one bogey thrown in the mix. That came on the par-3 sixth hole when he found a greenside bunker with his tee ball. Byrd landed all 17 of the other greens in regulation, which is a great way to remain in contention. The Clemson product arrived with top 20s in all three previous visits to Coco Beach G&CC, and it looks like he's in for another come tomorrow.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 07:57:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 02:15:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 10:56:00 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 wereawarded 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.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:19:00 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.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 09:39:00 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.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 05:54:00 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.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 12:50:00 PM