Oct. 3, 2005
Greensboro, NC – Four former Clemson golfers finished in the top 30 of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro on Sunday, a first in Clemson golf history. Charles Warren (3rd), D.J. Trahan (13th), Lucas Glover (21st) and Jonathan Byrd (28th) combined to shoot 51-under-par for the 72-hole event at par 72 Forest Oaks Golf Club in Greensboro, NC.
The tournament marked the first time that four former Clemson golfers finished in the top 30 in the same event and the -51 was the most under par for former Tigers in a PGA Tour event.
Warren was the top performer over the tournament with a 271 score, 17-under par. He finished in third place and took home $260,000, his highest finish in a PGA Tour event in a career that dates to 1999. Warren started the tournament with a record tying 62 on Thursday, and finished Sunday’s round with a seven-under-par 65. He jumped from 100th to 71st on the money list and has clinched his PGA Tour card for 2006. His final round scoring average for the year of 69.00 is now best on the PGA Tour.
Trahan finished 13th, even with a final round 75. The three-time Clemson All-American from 1999-03 was tied for the lead with eventual champion K.J. Choi entering the final round. He had rounds of 65-69-66 for the first three rounds. His third round 66 included and eagle two on the par four 16th hole that measured 457 yards. Trahan is now 15th on the PGA Tour in third round scoring average and he has improved to 96th on the PGA tour money list with $747,504. He won $93,750 of it over the weekend in Greensboro. He had two more eagles in the tournament and his 13 eagles in 2005 are now tied for first on the PGA Tour.
Lucas Glover, Clemson’s highest ranked player on the money list with a #57 ranking, shot a 66 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 21st. He had rounds of 70-71-70 before the 66 to finish at 11-under-par 277. He won $48,357 and is now at $1,120,189 for the year. He is just the second different former Tiger to win over $1,000,000 in a year. Jonathan Byrd has done it in three different seasons. Glover’s 66 on Sunday improved his final round scoring average and he now ranks ninth on t he PGA Tour in that category in 2005.
Byrd finished the tournament Sunday with a 68 and a 278 score for the four days, 10-under-par. Byrd finished 28th, giving him three top 30 finishes in Greensboro in his four years on tour. He had rounds of 67-73-70-68. Byrd ranks 106th on the PGA Tour money list even though he has made 19 cuts, more than any of the former Clemson golfers on tour this year.
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