Brendon Todd won twice on the Web.com Tour, but become another, in the long list of first-time winners on the PGA Tour Sunday afternoon at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Even with a couple of past major champs on his heels coming down the stretch at TPC Four Seasons Resort, the 27 year-old pro never flinched.
The 2003 Masters Champ, Mike Weir was the biggest name putting pressure on the University of Georgia alum in the finale’ on Sunday, but Todd answered every challenge, and finished with an eight foot par putt on the 18th hole, and a two shot victory over the field.
After running his lag putt at 18, past the hole, Todd waited for Louis Oosthuizen to putt out, and then calmly stroked the final putt in the hole for his first win. He was overcome with emotions as he finally got the win that would change his life for at least the next two years.
He fought back the emotions. Relief. Excitement. Joy. “Joyful tears,” said Todd, thinking back to the last few years he bounced back-and-forth between the TOUR and the Web.com Tour.
Brendon Todd went bogey-free Sunday afternoon on his way to shooting a final round 66 on the par 70 layout. He got creative at the 13th hole when his tee shot landed a foot from a tree. with no chance of hitting the shot right-handed. He pulled a four iron and stroked it complete lefty, hitting the ball with the back of the club.
His southpaw shot ended up 65 yards out, but Todd chipped to eight feet, and nailed the par putt.
“My brother-in-law is left-handed,” Todd said when asked how he came up with the shot. “I putted with his left-handed putter before and I’m pretty good at it. So I tried to use that stroke.”
Fifty-four hole co-leader, Louis Oosthuizen couldn’t duplicate the 64 he shot on Saturday, and turned in a 74 on Sunday to fall into a tie for 11th place.
The biggest charge came from aging Canadian star, Mike Weir. Weir played to a three under par 67, but came up two strokes shy of winning. Two bogeys on the front nine got him to the turn at two under par, but the bogey 15 was the one that turned Todd loose for an easy win.
It was one of the best finishes for Mike Weir in quite a few years. He has struggles with some injuries, and hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2007, Frys.com.
“I was definitely determined to win today,” Weir said, “but I can feel good about the way I handled things out there and the way I played. Gave myself a couple of good looks coming in and just wasn’t meant to be. But I’m happy with today.”
With just a month left until the US Open at Pinehurst, the tour moves down the road to Ft. Worth this week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. So we get another week in North Texas at the home of Ben Hogan, and the original “Hogan’s Alley”.