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The Tour Report

October 15 2011

12:36 PM

Byrd keeps it clean on moving day

By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Clean sheets aren’t just a key to victory on the soccer pitch. They’re also a major factor on the golf course. Take Jonathan Byrd for example. The two-time PGA TOUR winner had eight birdies in his first two rounds, but entered the weekend at 1 under because of two double bogeys and three bogeys. He had no such bumps in the road Saturday in his bogey-free 4-under 66 that moved him 46 spots up the leaderboard eary Saturday at Sea Island.
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“I hadn’t been really clean out there the last couple days,” Byrd said. “I’ve had eight or nine birdies and coming into today at 1 under, I felt like I left a lot out there. Today, I was just trying to play a little more aggressive and keep things a little more mentally and physically clean out there. A clean scorecard is always a nice thing.” For the third consecutive day, Byrd was grouped with Charles Howell III, who he has been golfing competitively against for two decades. Howell, like Byrd, entered the day at 1 under (six birdies and five bogeys in the first two rounds) but he posted a matching 66 Saturday. “It’s kind of like playing with an old buddy,” Byrd said. “It’s pretty comfortable out there. We both played a little better today than we have been, so that was nice to see.” Byrd, one of the many St. Simons Island residents in the field this week, left the course with the best score of the locals. Matt Kuchar and Lucas Glover are among those still on the course, though. Byrd was asked about any kind of competition between the residents of this area playing on their hometown course. “I think nobody would say it, but I think it’s going on all year long, not just this week,” Byrd said. “It’s all year long, who’s going to have the best season. I guess Kuchar’s still probably having the best season so far this year.”