Jonathan Byrd's brother Jordan on the bag


DUBLIN, Ohio – For Jordan Byrd the Memorial was a “plan B” that’s quickly making up for the sting of having to be at Muirfield Village.

Byrd, an assistant coach for the Clemson men’s golf team, is caddying for his brother Jonathan at the Memorial after his Tigers failed to advance to this week’s NCAA Championship.

“He had a back-up for me in case we made it (to NCAAs),” Jordan Byrd said. “Wish I was down in Stillwater (Okla., site of this week’s championship).”

It’s some consolation for Byrd that his brother is tied for the lead in Ohio at 6 under following a second-round 67. This is Jordan Byrd’s fourth time caddying for Jonathan, whose regular caddie Adam Hayes is at home following the birth of his first child last week, and he’s quickly getting the hang of the job.

“He’s played the role this week, just kind of let me go. But today he was much more involved,” Jonathan Byrd said. “We get along great, better than we did in high school. Back then we may have been out there wrestling each other in the fairway.”