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    导出博客文章With five victories, Jonathan Byrd had such a productive PGA Tour career that
    spending any time on the developmental Web.com Tour never crossed his mind. His
    only stop in the minor leagues was in 2001, so long ago that it then was known
    as the Buy.com Tour.A year after his playoff victory in the 2011 Tournament of
    Champions at Kapalua, however, Byrd had wrist surgery. He missed three months to
    start 2013, and his game and confidence slowly eroded to the point that he was
    trying to make cuts, make money and keep his job.You stop trying to bring your
    best and youre trying just to stay out here, and thats no way to play, Byrd said
    last month at the RSM Classic. The tighter you hang on, the farther you get away
    from what youre doing.With nothing but past champion status that would offer him
    limited starts, his best option to regain a full PGA Tour card was to spend a
    year on the Web.com Tour. That can be a tough pill for someone who had never
    come close to losing his PGA Tour card before the injury.Byrd, who turns 39 in
    January, brought with him an attitude that is worth emulating for anyone who
    winds up in that spot.It was humbling, Byrd said. To go back to the Web was
    difficult. Theres so many reminders every week that youre not where you want to
    be. But I tried to embrace it. ... I didnt want to be the grumpy old tour player
    talking about how great it is on tour and how bad it is out here and how good I
    used to be. I made friends out there. I enjoyed it. I focused on enjoying the
    competition.Byrd event turned down a half-dozen exemptions to PGA Tour events
    last year. He finished 48th on the money list (the top 25 get PGA cards) and he
    didnt earn one of the 25 additional spots from the four-tournament series at the
    end of the year.Even so, he was upbeat about his progress. Besides, being around
    a bunch of kids in their early 20s has helped.Youve got to play good to beat
    these guys, he said. But what Ive learned from being out here so long is that
    Ive got what it takes. Guys who have won five times on the PGA Tour, its a short
    list. Ive got something in there thats good enough. And I still think its good
    enough.---OH, BROTHER: Jordan Spieth is headed to Rhode Island this week to
    watch Brown host Maine in college basketball. His younger brother, Steven, is a
    senior who is averaging 15.4 points a game for the Bears.The former Masters and
    U.S. Open champion is doing everything he can to prepare, because this
    apparently involves more than sitting in the stands to cheer on little brother.
    Spieth suggested that there might be a little contest Thursday morning before
    the Brown game.Im not sure. He kind of set up something, Spieth said. We might
    be playing horse, and it might be videoed. At the moment, Im starting my grind
    in the gym, shooting a thousand shots a day so I dont embarrass myself.Asked if
    he knew where the public might see this video, Spieth said: Even if I knew, I
    certainly would not be announcing that. I think its through ESPN. Im not
    sure.However it turns out, perhaps Steven might consider coming out to Augusta
    National early for a putting contest.---POWER MEMORIES: Jim Furyk is used to
    players smashing it by him off the tee. One of the shorter hitters in golf, he
    still has managed to win 17 times, including the U.S. Open. But there was
    something about the 2009 Cadillac Championship at Doral that he still remembers
    clearly.I was paired with Adam Scott and Rory (McIlroy) the first two days, and
    I was hitting it real short, Furyk said. Im already short anyway, but I had a
    driver that I was hitting straight but real short. Were playing Doral. You know,
    Adam and Rory are hitting it 30 (yards) by me all day and Im like, `I need to
    get a new driver.It got worse. The next day, he was paired with a 23-year-old
    named Dustin Johnson, who was in his second year on tour. Furyk didnt know
    anything about him.Hes hitting it like 50 by me, Furyk said. I was like, `Who is
    this guy? We got paired later in the year at Boston, and he had a good event.
    Hes always been impressive.By the way, Furyk played that fourth round with a
    tall Spaniard in a straw hat named Alvaro Quiros, one of longest players on the
    European Tour.Didnt know anything about him, Furyk said. And hes trying to drive
    the second green.---MIGUELS MEMORIES: Miguel Tabuena sure had a memorable year
    for not having won a tournament.The 22-year-old Filipino shot 64-68 at Lake
    Merced and Olympic to win his sectional qualifier and play in his first U.S.
    Open. He qualified for the Rio Olympics. He made it to his first World Golf
    Championships events at the HSBC Champions. He contended alongside Jordan Spieth
    in Singapore. During back-to-back weeks in Asia, he played with Ernie Els in
    Malaysia and Dustin Johnson in Shanghai.This is my best year so far, he
    said.Tabuena was only 4 when the only other Filipino made it to a World Golf
    Championship -- Frankie Minoza, who lost in the opening round to Nick Price in
    the inaugural Match Play Championship at La Costa.Hes a living legend back home,
    someone I look up to, Tabuena said. Hopefully, I can have the half the success
    hes had in his career. I like where I am now at 22. The sky is the limit if I
    keep improving.Tabuena, who turned pro when he was 16, certainly got the
    attention of Johnson in Shanghai.Hes real young, but hes got some game, Johnson
    said. Hes not a real big guy but he hits it pretty far.---DIVOTS: The Walker Cup
    will be played in Florida for the first time. The amateur matches are coming to
    Seminole Golf Club in 2021. The USGA also said the 2025 Walker Cup will be held
    at Cypress Point Club on the Monterey Peninsula, where it last was played in
    1981. Next years matches will be on the North Course at Los Angeles Country
    Club. ... Seventeen players were outside the top 100 in the world when they won
    on the PGA Tour this year. ... Patrick Reed (No. 8) and Bubba Watson (No. 10)
    are the only players from the top 10 in the world who did not have multiple
    victories this year. Hideki Matsuyama (No. 6) had the most with five victories
    worldwide. ... Thongchai Jaidee is playing an Asian Development Tour event this
    week in Thailand, needing a victory to get into the top 50 and assure a spot at
    the Masters next year.---STAT OF THE WEEK: Only two PGA Tour events in 2016 were
    won by the No. 1 player in the world -- Jordan Spieth at the Tournament of
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