Jonathan Byrd Tied for Third at U.S. Open


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Jonathan Byrd fired a second round 66 on Friday and is tied for third after
two rounds with Stephen Learney at 135, five-under par. Byrd trails
leaders Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh by just two shots. Furyk and Singh
both tied the all-time US Open record for gross score after two
rounds with a 133, so Byrd was just two shots off that record.


Byrd is one of six players to shoot in the 60s in each of the first two
rounds of the US Open this year, the others are Furyk, Leaney,
Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Damron and Tom Byrum.


Byrd is now five under par for his six rounds in major events this year. Earlier in April he was even par or four rounds at the Masters where he finished eighth with a 288 score.


Byrd is just the third different former Clemson golfer to make the cut at the US Open. the others are Dillard Pruitt (1989 and 1992) and Charles Warren (2000). Warren has the all-time best finish at the US Open for a former Clemson golfer, he finished 37th at the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach.


Warren shot a 67 on Friday at the Nationwide Tour event in Pennsylvania and is in fifth place after two rounds with a134 figure. Pruitt, by the way, has regained his amateur status and won two rounds of the South Carolina Match Play Championship on Friday, and is now in the Final Eight of that event.


Byrd's 66 was the lowest score ever by a Clemson golfer at the
US Open, the previous best was 68 by Pruitt in the first round in
1989.


Byrd's ranking is the best a Clemson golfer has ever had after
two rounds of the event, he is currently tied for third.



Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course)
Olympia Fields, Illinois
Par 70 - 7,190 Yards
(All Times Eastern)

Pairings and Starting Times for Saturday's Third Round
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                                       1st Tee
                                       Saturday
                                       --------

Jay Don Blake, Brian Davis            10:30 a.m.
Colin Montgomerie, Scott Verplank     10:40 a.m.
Brian Henninger, Kenny Perry          10:50 a.m.
Fred Funk, Retief Goosen              11:00 a.m.
John Rollins, Charles Howell III      11:10 a.m.
Niclas Fasth, Marco Dawson            11:20 a.m.
J.P. Hayes, Chris DiMarco             11:30 a.m.
Sergio Garcia, Kevin Sutherland       11:40 a.m.
Chris Anderson, Fred Couples          11:50 a.m.
John Maginnes, Len Mattiace           12:00 p.m.
Steve Lowery, Ricky Barnes (a)        12:10 p.m.
Olin Browne, Jay Williamson           12:20 p.m.
Loren Roberts, Padraig Harrington     12:30 p.m.
Trip Kuehne (a), Justin Rose          12:40 p.m.
Peter Lonard, Lee Janzen              12:50 p.m.
Dicky Pride, Bernhard Langer           1:00 p.m.
Phil Mickelson, Ryan Dillon            1:10 p.m.
Chad Campbell, Mark O'Meara            1:20 p.m.
Mike Weir, Hidemichi Tanaka            1:30 p.m.
Jonathan Kaye, Mark Calcavecchia       1:40 p.m.
Billy Mayfair, Angel Cabrera           1:50 p.m.
Ernie Els, Darron Stiles               2:00 p.m.
David Toms, Cliff Kresge               2:10 p.m.
Kirk Triplett, Alex Cejka              2:20 p.m.
Tim Petrovic, Darren Clarke            2:30 p.m.
Brett Quigley, Tom Byrum               2:40 p.m.
Stewart Cink ,Woody Austin             2:50 p.m.
Ian Leggatt, Dan Forsman               3:00 p.m.
Brandt Jobe, Robert Damron             3:10 p.m.
Tom Watson, Nick Price                 3:20 p.m.
Eduardo Romero, * Tiger Woods          3:30 p.m.
Fredrik Jacobson, Justin Leonard       3:40 p.m.
Stephen Leaney, Jonathan Byrd          3:50 p.m.
Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh                 4:00 p.m.

* - Defending champion
a - Amateur

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