Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth sudden death playoff hole to defeat defending champion Martin Laird and Cameron Percy and win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open today.
Playing the par-3, 204-yard No. 17 hole for the second time and with dusk descending on TPC Summerlin, Byrd used a 7-iron off the tee and his ball went right toward the flagstick, landed on the green and rolled in. Laird and Percy still had to tee off and both had no choice but to try and match Byrd’s feat. And when both put their tee shots in the water, Byrd had won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour and ended a run of six consxecutive first-time winners at the Las Vegas event.
Byrd earned $756,000 for the win, his first of 2010 and his Tour victory since 2007. Laird was attempting to be the first back-to-back winner in Las Vegas since Jim Furyk did it in 1998 and 1999. Percy, a Tour rookie, had his highest finish as a pro. His previous best swas a tie for 22nd place.
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There is a three-way playoff between defending champion Martin Laird, Jonathan Byrd and Cameron Percy at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after all three finished 21-under par in regulation.
Laird, who won the title at TPC Summerlin in similar fashion last year in a three-way playoff on the third hole of sudden death, was the leader heading into the final round. Byrd began the day one shot back and Percy was two strokes behind. Percy got to 21-under when he made a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th.
Byrd made it to 21-under with a birdie at the par-3 17th while Laird had been at minus-21 since making birdie at the par-4 15th. The sudden death playoff begins at No. 18.Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Final Round