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In a stunning finish in Las Vegas, Jonathan Byrd (DryJoys Tour style #53754) 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.Appropriately enough, Byrd's thrilling victory was also the first win for DryJoys Tour™ - a new category of performance golf shoes born from a 21-year heritage as the #1 all-weather performance shoe in golf. Following several years of development driven by player insight, DryJoys Tour deliver the comfort, flexibility and waterproof performance that players at all levels have come to expect from the DryJoys® brand while integrating dramatically enhanced Tour-caliber stability features.The new DryJoys Tour golf shoes have been engineered to exceed the demands of the world's top professionals. Featuring the next generation Tri-Density TPU Stability PODS™ outsole, DryJoys Tour shoes provide the stability and performance required to compete on the tour's most demanding courses. Blended seamlessly with traditional upper styling crafted from the finest premium leathers, this new category surpasses the expectations of even the most discernible tour players.
Jonathan Byrd (DryJoys Tour #53733) tapped in for par on the second playoff hole to defeat fellow FJ player Robert Garrigus (FJ Superlites #58117) and win the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He closed with a final round 6-under 67 en route to winning his second consecutive PGA Tour start. You may recall Byrd won last fall at the season-ending event in Las Vegas with a hole-in-one in sudden death to earn the invite to Kapalua. At the time, Byrd was fighting to keep his Tour card, sitting outside the top 125 on the money list. Jonathan Byrd has now recorded the first two official wins for the new DryJoys Tour golf shoes from FootJoy. In shops this week, DryJoys Tour were "Built for the Tour That Inspired Them," and add to the long history of success for the DryJoys brand. In addition to Byrd, Steve Stricker, Tim Clark and Zach Johnson also wore the new DryJoys Tour this week in Hawaii. For more, click here to visit DryJoysTour.com. This was Byrd's fifth career victory and definitely the biggest. He had never won an event before July. He had never beaten a field this strong, with only PGA TOUR winners from last year. And this one came with some perks. Byrd earned an automatic invitation to the Masters, and with his second win in the last two months, he is exempt for the U.S. Open.Steve Stricker, tied with Byrd and Garrigus going into the final round, shot 71 and tied for fourth. Ian Poulter closed with a 66 to tie for sixth -- he hasn't finished worse than that in his last five tournaments. In 2011, when FJ WINS, YOU WIN. Every week a player wins on the PGA Tour using FJ gear, you have a chance to win the same products. Click here to enter this week's FJ WINS, YOU WIN and to learn more about the sweepstakes.
The affable Wisconsin native, Steve Stricker won the season opening Tournament of Champions at Kapalua with a final round of a four under par 69 to finish the tournament at 23 under par, four strokes clear of fellow FJ Staffers Webb Simpson and Jonathan Byrd.
Stricker was in style all week wearing the new FJ Performance Apparel and split saddle DryJoys Tour's. He was, also, in total control of his golf game, attacking the golf course in Saturday's second round. Stricker made eight birdies and an eagle to finish off the round with a ten under par 63. The blistering pace gave him a five shot lead over Webb Simpson and the field heading into the third round.
During the third round, Stricker struggled to make birdies early but did not give up any ground as he birdied the final four holes to retain the five stroke lead he had at the beginning of the day. Now heading into the final round with a comfortable lead, Stricker kept his head down and continued his steady play to close out the field for the victory. Stricker lead the field in overall putting, scrambling, bogey avoidance (making only 4 bogeys all week on the rugged Kapalua golf course), and one putt percentage.
This is Stricker's 8th PGA Tour win in the past 3 years, which is the most amongst any player on the PGA Tour.
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