Jonathan Byrd has five career wins on the PGA Tour, but none since 2011. On Thursday, he had a solid round to give himself a chance this week.
Note: Byrd’s original score was listed at 64. He actually shot 68
Jonathan Byrd is a player who has had some success on the PGA Tour during his career. But there have not been many rounds like the one he had on Friday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Byrd is trying to follow in the footsteps of Stewart Cink, also north of 40 years old, who won recently on tour at the Safeway Open. The 42-year-old Byrd would love to join the 40+-year-old winners club.
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Thursday’s round started in fine fashion for the South Carolina native, as he made a birdie on the par-4 first hole. Byrd would then par the next four holes, remaining at 1-under par.
A birdie on the par-4 sixth hole would follow, getting Byrd to 2-under. He gathered momentum as he birdied the par-3 seventh hole to get to three under. A pair of pars would close out his front nine, where he shot a 3-under par 33.
On the back nine, Byrd continued his steady play. He parred the 10th and 11th holes. He would birdie the par-5 12th hole to get to 5-under par.
He would par the next five holes before a bogey at the 18th left him with a 4-under par round of 68. He was three shots behind the leaders at the completion of his round.
This is a player who came onto the tour and had great success early in his career. Byrd played his first full season on tour in 2002, when he earned his first win, at the Buick Challenge.
He would win four more times on tour. Byrd’s second win came at the 2004 B.C. Open. Then he won at the 2007 John Deere Classic. In 2010, Byrd won at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. And his last win on tour came at the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Much like Cink, Byrd is trying to turn back the clock this week. While it remains to be seen if he will be able to win like Cink did, Byrd is off to a very good start after a solid round of golf in Thursday’s first round.