Jonathan Byrd wins first PGA event for 2011

Golfers made light work of the unchallenging course in HawaiiJonathan Byrd beat Robert Garrigus in a play off for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the untesting Kapalua’s Plantation course in Hawaii.

Both had finished on 24-under-par meaning a set of wholes were selected for the play off. Byrd, winning on the second hole, after Garrigus missed a simple par putt from four feet. Obviously it was nerves that got the better of him but he will feel a little sullen this morning having led the tournament for very much most of it.

For Byrd, it represents yet another platform for the player to spring forward from, having won last years event in Las Vegas. A cool cheque of $1.2million is now making its way to his bank account.

“I’m pretty overwhelmed, probably, is the best word to describe it, It’s definitely the biggest tournament I’ve ever won. I’ve won some great tournaments but this is the best field. So this is definitely a springboard for me.”

A springboard possibly for the American golfer from South Carolina, but at 32, although his form may now be beginning to come through, a lot of hard work is needed to make that extra push that separates golfers, from golfing legends.