First top-10 of the year came with T8 at Transitions Championship, where he has five top-20 finishes in eight starts, the most in tournament history.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Buick Challenge, B.C. Open, John Deere Classic.
2009 Season Highlights
Posted 11 top-25 finishes for the season, including two top-10s...Ranked 66th in FedExCup standings...Earned more than $1 million in a season for the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in his career...Finished T5 at the Quail Hollow Championship on the strength of a final-round 66, three strokes behind champion Sean O'Hair...Finished T3 at the Memorial, holding a share of the lead after the second round...Posted a T11 at the final event of the season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic, to jump four spots on the final money list and into the top-70, to No. 67.
2009: Posted 11 top-25 finishes for the season, including two top-10s...Ranked 66th in FedExCup standings...Earned more than $1 million in a season for the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in his career...Finished T5 at the Quail Hollow Championship on the strength of a final-round 66, three strokes behind champion Sean O'Hair...Finished T3 at the Memorial, holding a share of the lead after the second round...Posted a T11 at the final event of the season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic, to jump four spots on the final money list and into the top-70, to No. 67. 2008: Made the cut in 18 of 27 starts finishing No. 55 in the FedExCup standings...Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the sixth time in his career, but at No. 101 on the money list, failed to crack the top 100 for just the second time in his career...Finished T9 in his first World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship...Held a three-stroke lead through 36 holes at the AT&T Classic, but after rounds of 73-70 on the weekend he dropped to fourth. It was his third consecutive top-10 at TPC Sugarloaf (2006-6th, 2007-T9). 2007: Had a career year in earnings and captured his third PGA TOUR title, at the John Deere Classic. Played in his first British Open and first TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola...Carded rounds of 67-68-65-66--266 to capture the title at the John Deere Classic. Final round featured no bogeys and birdies on three of his last five holes. With his victory, earned an invitation to the following week's British Open, his first trip to the season's third major. At the time, became the winningest active American player under age 30, with three TOUR victories...Held the first-round lead with a 64 at the BMW Championship. Finished T10 to improve from 30th and on the bubble to 25th in the FedExCup standings...In first TOUR Championship start, finished T23 to end the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup 28th in the standings. 2006: Matched career high with five top-10s (2003)...Best finish was a T3 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his best finish since a T3 at the 2004 84 LUMBER Classic...Pulled out of the MCI Heritage due to a rib injury and was sidelined for 12 weeks. Rehab was rest for 10 weeks...Entered final round of U.S. Bank Championship T15 after opening with three rounds in the 60s. Withdrew Saturday evening as wife Amanda gave birth to son, Jackson, the couple's first child, on Sunday evening...Recorded his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR at the Deutsche Bank Championship on No. 11 at the TPC Boston...Shared 36-hole lead before finishing T5 at Canadian Open, four shots behind champion Jim Furyk. Final-round 70 included a two-stroke penalty for violation of Rule 14-3a (testing the conditions in a hazard) when he dug his golf shoes in an area away from his ball in a greenside bunker. With the violation in doubt, Byrd assessed a penalty that cost him a share of third place and $120,500 in prize money. 2005: Posted his lone top-10 of the season, a T5, at the 84 LUMBER Classic, where he finished T3 the previous year. 2004: Struggled early in the year due to a hip injury, but bounced back with a strong finish after undergoing surgery on Feb. 15 in Pittsburgh because of two tears in the labrum front and back. The surgery tightened up the looseness and instability. Returned for THE PLAYERS Championship at the end of March...Entered the final round of the B.C. Open with a one-stroke lead, but had to withstand a six-hour rain delay before capturing his second TOUR victory. The win was his first top-10 of the season and came one year, 8 months, 21 days after his first victory at the 2002 Buick Challenge, a span of 45 events...Second top-10 was a third at the 84 LUMBER Classic. His $201,600 payday pushed him over $1 million for the third time in his career. 2003: Made more than $1.4 million for second straight season and posted career-high five top-10s...Made most of his first appearance in a major with a T8 at the Masters, the best finish by any of the 16 first-timers in Augusta...Best finish of season was a T2 at John Deere Classic, four strokes behind Vijay Singh. Tied with J.L. Lewis for lead through 18 holes. 2002: Became first rookie to win on TOUR since Jose Coceres in early 2001 with his victory at the Buick Challenge. Began season 404th in the Official World Golf Ranking and by the end of the season had improved to 72nd. Defeated David Toms by one stroke at the Buick Challenge. Had five-stroke lead through 15 holes on Sunday thanks to eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle (tied for season's best) stretch. Bogey on next hole and eagle by Toms cut that to two but Byrd hung on for the win in his 32nd start on TOUR. 2001: Earned first TOUR card by finishing eighth on the Nationwide Tour money list...Lone victory came at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs in Traveler's Rest, SC, not far from his hometown of Elgin, SC. 2000: T36 at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill after turning pro in September after graduating from Clemson. Amateur: Member of 1999 Walker Cup Team...Winner of Northeast Amateur and Carolinas Amateur...Was an All-America selection in three of his four years at Clemson, including first team in 1999...First-team Academic All-America in 1999.
His father, Jim, who died from brain cancer in 2009, introduced Jonathan and his brother to golf at age 3. Older brother Jordan is an assistant golf coach at Clemson. Jonathan caddied for Jordan in the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Jordan has occasionally cadddied for Jonathan on the PGA TOUR...College teammates at Clemson with TOUR players Lucas Glover, Charles Warren and D.J. Trahan.
Missed only four cuts in 20 starts on the Nationwide Tour in 2001...Finished eighth on the money list with five top-10s, including a first, second and a third...Opened season making eight consecutive cuts and finishing outside top 25 just once in those events...Victory came at the Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs in Traveler's Rest, SC, not far from his hometown of Elgin, SC. Began tournament three strokes back of R.W. Eaks with a 67. A 70 in second round dropped him into T20 through 36 holes. Closed with pair of 66s to earn the one-stroke victory over Brenden Pappas and $90,000 winner's check. Final score of 18-under-par 269, set tournament record for first-year event...Two weeks later, T3 at Virginia Beach Open. Two starts later at Steamtown Classic finished T2...Only PGA TOUR event was the B.C. Open, where he T37...Finished in top 10 in three of the main statistical categories: Total Driving (fourth), Driving Distance (sixth) and All-Around (eighth)...T36 at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill after turning professional in September 2000...Member of 1999 Walker Cup Team...Winner of Northeast Amateur and Carolinas Amateur...Was an All-America selection in three of his four years at Clemson, including first team in 1999...First-team academic All-America in 1999.