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Byrd Secures First Win for DryJoys Tour With Playoff Ace
In a stunning finish in Las Vegas, Jonathan Byrd (DryJoys Tour) won a three-man playoff with a hole-in-one on the fourth extra hole.
After finishing the third playoff hole at #18, Byrd, Cameron Percy and the third competitor debated whether to keep playing the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open because of darkness. They all decided to go one more hole Sunday -- the 204-yard 17th at TPC Summerlin.
And it essentially was over with one swing.
Byrd was first to tee off with a six iron. His shot landed about 10 feet short of the flag and disappeared into the cup. It was so dark Byrd wasn't even sure it went in. All he had to do was wait for the other competitors to hit their shots before celebrating his first win of the year and fourth of his career.
Almost as stunning was that Byrd remained in the playoff. On the third playoff hole, the par-4 18th, Byrd's approach tumbled over the green and was one hop away from going into the water. Instead, it settled in a clump of grass, he chipped up to 7 feet and made the par putt just to stay alive.
"I'm in shock," Byrd said, certainly speaking for everyone watching another Fall Series thriller.
This one was even more incredible, and it came at just the right time. Byrd was No. 117 on the money list going into Las Vegas, and his fourth career victory gives him a two-year exemption.
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Back Where he Belongs!
Padraig Harrington (SYNR-G shoes & Pure Touch glove) won the Iskandar Johor Open yesterday, securing his first victory for two years. The three time major champion enjoyed a five stroke lead going into the final round, and an impressive three under 69 in his final round secured an impressive three shot victory. The Irishman’s closest competitor was fellow FJ wearer, Noh Seung-Yul (FJ ICON & Pure Touch). The 19 year old Noh retained the Asian Tour Order of Merit after shooting a final round 65 to secure second place.
The month of October has proved to be an enjoyable month for Padraig after playing in Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup Team and now securing his third victory on the Asian Tour. The win for Harrington secured a cheque of $198,125 and more importantly for him gets him back into the winner’s circle.
Slocum Trusts SYNR-G and StaSof to Win at Sea Island
Heath Slocum (SYNR-G, StaSof) closed with a final round 2-under 68 at the Sea Island Golf Club to win the new McGladrey Classic on Sunday. Slocum finished with a 14-under total of 266 and a one-shot victory over Bill Haas who was looking to win for the second consecutive week.
Slocum was in a three-way tie for the lead coming to the 16th hole. In a matter of moments, one of his competitors hit into the hazard and made double bogey while the other three-putted for bogey. Slocum was trying to lag his putt from 60 feet toward the front of the green when it banged into the pin and disappeared for birdie.
“That’s a putt he’ll always remember,” Haas said.
It was the fourth victory of Slocum's career, and should put him just outside the top 50 in the world. Slocum moved to No. 29 on the PGA Tour money list with one tournament left on his schedule. The top 30 earn invitations to the Masters. It was his first victory since he won The Barclays last year in the FedEx Cup playoffs by making a 10-foot birdie on the last hole to beat several of the world's best players.
Haas, who won last week at the Viking Classic for his second victory this year, all but locked up his return to Augusta National. He drilled an approach on the par-5 15th to 10 feet for eagle to give himself a shot at back-to-back wins. The runner-up finish was worth $432,000, which moved him to No. 18 on the money list. Most of the players in the top 30 are not playing much this time of the year, and it’s unlikely Haas will be knocked out of the top 30.
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Haas Hangs on for 2nd Win
Bill Haas led wire to wire to win the Viking Classic by three strokes for his second victory of the year. Haas, who won the Bob Hope Classic earlier in the year for his first career title, struggled a bit on Sunday but had built a five shot cushion to start the day which was enough to hold off several fellow FJ players. He closed with an even par 72 on Sunday and finished the week with a 15-under 273 total. In addition to extending his PGA Tour exemption through 2013, Haas moved to no. 26 on the money and also earned spots in the Masters and the U.S. Open.
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