ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Jonathan Byrd swept his hand over his head and gushed, “I can't imagine a prettier day to play golf,” he said.
Byrd was referring to the perfect weather that led to record scoring at the RSM Classic, but his praise could also apply to his Day 1 round.
The St. Simons Island resident made five birdies in a six-hole stretch starting at the second hole on his way to a bogey-free 62 and a share of second place at his hometown event. It was Byrd’s lowest round on the PGA Tour and his son, Jackson, was the first to congratulate him.
“He ran in from [No.] 15 from watching Boo Weekley just to kind of give me a high five and watch me finish,” Byrd said. “The first thing he said was, ‘Dad, that's your lowest score in competition.’ And then my daughter who just turned eight today, shot 8 under for Caroline who turned eight. That's pretty cool.”
Byrd, who played the Web.com Tour this year and has struggled to regain his status on the PGA Tour, needed a sponsor exemption to play this week’s event.
“[Tournament host Davis Love III] was kind enough to give me a spot so I want to make the most of it,” Byrd said. “I've been playing better and hitting it better, and today was fun to go out there and get off to a good start.”