Byrd Qualifies for US Open
Clemson, SC-Former Clemson All-American and current PGA Tour player
Jonathan Byrd has qualified for the 2003 US Open. Byrd qualified on
June 4 after finishing 36 holes at six-under-par at the Woodmont
Country Club in Rockville, MD. He finished tied for ninth in the
156-player field thanks to a final round 67. He was one of 34
players to qualify from that site.
This year's US Open will be played at Olympia Fields outside of
Chicago June 12-15. Byrd is one of 83 golfers who got into the field
through sectional qualifying, while 73 reached the field as the
result of exempt status.
This is the first time Byrd has qualified for the US Open. Earlier
this year he finished tied for eighth at The Masters, the highest
finish ever for a former Clemson golfer at that tournament. Byrd is
currently 54th on the PGA Tour money list with nearly $600,000
heading into this week's event at the TPC in Avenel.
Byrd will become the third former Clemson golfer to play in the
Masters and the US Open in the same year. Chris Patton (1990) and
Dillard Pruitt (1992 and 1989) are the other former Clemson golfers
to do it.
This will mark the fourth straight year at least one former Clemson
golfer has played in the US Open. In 2000 Charles Warren and Kevin
Johnson both participated, while the 2001 event saw Johnson and Joey
Maxon qualify. Last year former Clemson golfer Lucas Glover
qualified. Overall, Byrd is the ninth different former Clemson
golfer to qualify for the US Open.
Former Tigers who have qualified for the US Open
Parker Moore 1981
Chris Patton 1990, 1994
Dillard Pruitt 1992, 1989
Oswald Drawdy 1995
Charles Warren 2000
Kevin Johnson 2000, 2001
Lucas Glover 2002
Joey Maxon 2001
Jonathan Byrd 2003