Name:Jonathan Currie Byrd
Born:Jan 27, 1978 in Anderson, South Carolina.
Played as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Jan 6-9; PGA Tour season opener; played as SBS Championship in 2010). Byrd (USA) beat Robert Garrigus (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole, to record his fifth PGA Tour win. [Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
Played as the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (Oct 21-24). Byrd (USA) beat Cameron Percy (Aus) and defending champion Martin Laird (Scot) with a hole-in-one at the fourth playoff hole (204 yd par-3 17th). [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV].
Played as the John Deere Classic (July 12-15). Second-placed Tim Clark (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Byrd (USA), who birdied three of his last five holes, versus Clark who bogeyed two of his last four. [TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL].
Played as the B.C. Open (July 15-18). Second-placed Ted Purdy (USA) finished 1 shot behind Byrd (USA). [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
Byrd (USA) won the PGA Tour 2002 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 39th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,462,713.
Played as the Buick Challenge (Oct 24-27). Second-placed David Toms (USA) finished 1 shot behind 24-year-old Jonathan Byrd (USA), who shot a final round 63 to record his first PGA Tour win. [Mountain View course, Callaway Gdns Resort, Pine Mtn, GA].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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