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].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
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