Aug. 16, 2006
Clemson, SC– Former Clemson All-Americans Lucas Glover, Jonathan Byrd and Charles Warren will all compete in the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL this week. The tournament starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday.
This will be the first time three former Clemson golfers have played in the same Major championship. The previous high was two, set at the 2000 US Open (Charles Warren and Kevin Johnson) and the 2001 US Open (Kevin Johnson and Joey Maxon). It is the first time more than one former Clemson golfer has played in the PGA in the same year.
Glover will become the first former Clemson golfer to play in all four majors in the same year, when he tees it up at Medinah. He played in The Master’s in April, the US Open in June and the British Open in July. It will be his sixth major championship overall.
So far this year, Glover is 24th on the PGA Tour money list with $1,702,196. He is sixth on tour in top 10 finishes with six, including a pair of #4 finishes. He is ninth on tour in birdie average and 12th in eagles. He has made the cut in 15 of 23 events so far this year and has 12 top 25 finishes. Glover is 14th in the Ryder Cup standings entering this week’s event. He could still land a berth on the team with a top seven finish at the PGA.
Byrd is 85th on the money list with $759,137, quite an accomplishment because he has played in just 12 events this year. His schedule has been limited by injury and the brrth of his first son. Byrd is eighth on tour in all-around ranking and has made the cut in 6 of 12 events so far this season, including a third-place at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.
Warren is 87th on the PGA Tour money list with $752,824. He is fourth on tour in total driving this year, including 16th in distance with a 300-yard average. He has made 16-21 cuts and has seven top 25s, including a seventh place finish at the SUNY Open in Hawaii.
Glover, Byrd and Warren were teammates on Clemson’s 1997-98 team that finished second in the nation with a 31-under-par score at the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, NM.
The PGA Championship has been a difficult tournament for former Clemson golfers. No former Tiger has made the at the event since 1995 when Dillard Pruitt finished 66th. The best finish by a former Tiger in the PGA is the 33rd place finish by Pruitt at the 1992 PGA in St. Louis, MO.
Glover will tee off at 8:00 AM on Thursday at the 10th hole and 1:05 Pm on Friday on the first hole. Byrd starts his play at 12:35 PM on number-one on Thursday, then starts at 7:30 AM on Friday on the 10th hole. Warren starts at 2:05 PM on number-one on Thursday and at 9:00 AM on number-10 on Friday.
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