Michael Jancey "Briny" Baird (born May 11, 1972) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour.Baird was born in Miami Beach, Florida. Briny played varsity golf in the 7th grade at Miami Country Day. He originally attended Georgia Tech before transferring to Valdosta State University where he won the NCAA Division II individual golf championship in 1994 and 1995. He turned professional in 1995. He won the 2000 Monterrey Open on the Buy.com Tour (now the Nationwide Tour). He currently plays on the PGA Tour, finishing second on three occasions, but a poor 2005 season saw him lose his card. His highest placing to date on the end of year tour money list was 27th in 2003, as well as finishing 27th in FedEx Cup, automatically qualifying him for the 2009 PGA Tour season. He is the son of professional golfer Butch Baird. He is also known for his odd putting style that worked for him when he was doing it as a drill and it just stuck.Although he has never won a PGA Tour event, he has finished second on four separate occasions, most recently at the 2009 Verizon Heritage.On May 19, 2009, Baird hit a 230-yard shot from the top of the Omni San Diego Hotel to a bulls-eye in the center of Petco Park in order to give everyone a free chicken wrap at P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
Dustin Johnson remained on course for the FedEx Cup title and 11.
The United States and Europe meet in the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next week.