Golf

Byrd triumphs in Kapalua

2011-01-10 06:44
Jonathan Byrd (AP)

Kapalua - Jonathan Byrd beat Robert Garrigus in a sudden-death playoff at the PGA Tournament of Champions Sunday, the first American to win the season-opener in a decade.

After both golfers finished at 24-under 268, Byrd parred the second playoff hole to beat fellow American Garrigus on the Plantation golf course at Kapalua Resort.

"Man I just felt good," said Byrd, the first American winner since Jim Furyk in 2001.

"It was a long day. I played solid all day to give myself opportunities."

The two players appeared to be heading to a third playoff hole as Garrigus lined up for a routine three-foot putt on the second extra hole.

But Garrigus botched the shot, handing victory to Byrd, who qualified for the event by making a hole-in-one in near darkness to win a three-man playoff in Las Vegas last year.

"I just hit it too hard," Garrigus said, adding: "I am so tired right now. That shot was a microcosm of how I feel right now. That hole just got me this week."

It was the fifth career USPGA Tour win for Byrd, who earned an automatic invitation to the Masters and is also exempt for the US Open.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell almost sneaked into the playoff. The reigning US Open champion matched the Plantation Course record with an 11-under 62 to finish one shot behind.

He narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

"This golf course was green-light all day," McDowell said. "I hit a decent putt. I kind of smoked it through the break. It was just a fun day out there."

McDowell finished alone in third place at 23-under 269.

The tournament got off to an inauspicious start with two-time defending champion Geoff Ogilvy having to withdraw with 12 stitches in his hand after a bizarre ocean injury.

The following day, Camilo Villegas was disqualified because of a rules violation that was reported to tournament officials by a television spectator through an Internet Twitter account.

Scores after the final round of the $5.6 million PGA Tournament of Champions (USA unless noted, x-wins in a playoff):


268 - x-Jonathan Byrd 66-68-67-67, Robert Garrigus 69-63-69-67

269 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 71-68-68-62

272 - Carl Pettersson (SWE) 66-67-71-68, Steve Stricker 69-67-65-71

274 - Ian Poulter (GBR) 70-68-70-66, Matt Kuchar 69-70-66-69

276 - Bill Haas 68-70-69-69

278 - Dustin Johnson 71-66-73-68, Jim Furyk 68-68-72-70, Jason Day (AUS) 73-66-69-70

279 - Justin Rose (GBR) 75-67-69-68, Arjun Atwal (IND) 72-69-68-70, Bill Lunde 70-68-70-71

280 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 69-67-74-70, Ryan Palmer 70-72-68-70

281 - Tim Clark (RSA) 72-68-73-68, Ernie Els (RSA) 72-64-74-71

282 - Anthony Kim 69-71-74-68, Matt Bettencourt 73-70-70-69

283 - Ben Crane 67-70-74-72, Adam Scott (AUS) 73-67-70-73

284 - Zach Johnson 71-73-69-71, Cameron Beckman 72-71-70-71

285 - Hunter Mahan 70-70-78-67, Bubba Watson 70-70-73-72, Charley Hoffman 68-75-67-75

286 - Heath Slocum 70-74-72-70, Jason Bohn 72-72-72-70

289 - Stuart Appleby (AUS) 69-75-73-72

295 - Rocco Mediate 79-70-75-71

296 - Derek Lamely 72-76-78-70

Read more on:    jonathan byrd
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Hugo wins at wet Arabella

2014-07-25 15:18

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4:
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5:
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
  • Blitz
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    07:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.