HONOLULU – Jonathan Byrd returned to the PGA Tour this season after a year on the Web.com Tour, a detour that he said rejuvenated him because he was able to play more rounds with younger talents.
He also gets that same feeling when he plays with his son, Jackson, and he admitted this week at the Sony Open that those rounds with the 11-year-old are more competitive then you might imagine.
Byrd explained that during the offseason he practiced at the Madison Club in La Quinta, Calif. During a practice round, he paired with Jackson to take on Tour winners Brandt Snedeker and Scott Brown.
“My son is so embracing it,” Byrd said. “There was some tag line he read on a billboard about, 'This is where legends are made.' I guess that's the line out there at the [CareerBuilder Challenge]. He's out there going, 'This is where legends are made.' And I'm just sitting there, we're just playing a match. But he's like, 'This is his Masters,' you know, Ryder Cup.”
The match, it turns out, was pretty competitive, with Snedeker and Brown edging out a 1-up triumph.
“They beat us on the last hole. But we were like 2 down at one point,” Byrd said. “I birdied the last hole. Sneds hit it in there [to inches] and closed us out.”