Congratulations to golfer Jonathan Byrd on winning the three-man play off Sunday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open in Las Vegas in spectacular fashion with a hole in one on the fourth play-off hole.
It was definitely Byrd’s lucky day as he was fortunate to still be involved in the play offs. On the third playoff hole, the par-4 18th, his approach shot went over the green and was one bounce away from going into the water. It settled in a clump of grass, and then he chipped to about two metres away and made the par putt.
After that hole he stood on the 18th green with play-off contenders Martin Laird and Cameron Percy and they discussed whether there was enough light to continue. They all agreed to play one more hole, the 204-yard 17th.
It was so dark Byrd was apparently unable to see his ball land about three metres short of the flag and proceed to roll into the hole. There were even only a handful of fans to witness the decisive shot.
Byrd, won $774,000 and after his victory was quoted as saying “It’s kind of hard to process. … I thought I hit it too far. And I couldn’t see anything.”