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August 4 2013

7:21 PM

Byrd finds rhythm in Reno

On the scorecard, it added up to a 64. On the leaderboard, it was good for a whopping 18 points.

In the end, though, it wasn't enough for Jonathan Byrd to catch Gary Woodland, who leads Byrd by four points at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where the Modified Stableford Scoring System is in use.

Woodland is on the back nine and trying to hang on for his first win in two years.

For Byrd, the strong finish couldn't have come at a better time. He came into the week 189th in FedExCup points. A runner-up could move him inside the top 150 with only one event to go for Byrd until the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.

"I felt like I was getting into a good play rhythm (Saturday), and I haven't felt that a whole lot this year," said Byrd, who made just four cuts in 14 starts prior to this week. "That was one of the first days I've felt that way on the golf course.  I felt like I was going to make putts and felt like I was going to hit good shots."

He made plenty of them Sunday at Montreux Golf & Country Club, piling up seven birdies, an eagle and just one bogey.

Four of those birdies came in his first five holes, including a chip-in on No. 1.

"Just felt like I had to keep the pedal down," Byrd said. "This is the best I've played here."

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