Byrd, Wilson Finish T-3 at Memorial

15 06 2009

Those afflicted with the universal disease known as “human mortality” – which, of course, is pretty much everybody, including most professional golfers – have a heckuva time getting even a smidgen of attention when the eternal light of Tiger Woods blinds the surrounding area with its all-encompassing brightness.

As a result, Jonathan Byrd’s fine T-3 showing at the Memorial – an 8-under par 280 on rounds of 69-68-71-72 – was rendered almost invisible to Tiger’s final round come-from-behind victory at Muirfield Village. The 2007 JDC champion’s back-nine struggles coincided with Woods’ awesome display of clutch play, leaving Woods to accept another trophy from tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus.

Nevertheless, it was Byrd’s best PGA Tour finish since his victory at TPC Deere Run two years ago.

Meanwhile, Wilson was a final round co-leader with Matt Bettencourt, as both men held a four-shot lead on Woods when Tiger began his round. Wilson, a Milwaukee area native who now makes his home in a Chicago suburb, tallied a final round 1-over 73 to go with earlier rounds of 68-70-69.

Bettencourt, playing on a sponsor exemption, finished T-5 at 6-under par.

Byrd, Wilson, and Bettencourt have all committed to play at this year’s John Deere Classic.

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