Brendon Todd has taken control of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational with a pair of solid rounds. Can he close the deal this weekend?
Brendon Todd has assembled two outstanding rounds to take the lead at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after 36 holes of play. And if you’ve been paying attention to the PGA Tour at all this year, this will not come as a surprise.
So far this season, there are only three players on the tour who have won twice. One of those is FedEx Cup standings leader Justin Thomas and the other is Webb Simpson, who is second in those same standings.
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Todd, who entered the week ninth in the FedEx Cup standings, is in prime position to become the tour’s first three-time winner this season. He shot a 6-under par 64 on Thursday and would trail Brooks Koepka by two shots after 18 holes of play.
On Friday, Todd was at it again, working his way up the leaderboard with a consistent round at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Todd opened his round with a par on the first hole, then got things going with a birdie on number two.
He was unable to take advantage of the par-5 third hole, recording a par, as he would the next three holes. At 1-under par through six, he then birdied the seventh hole to move to 2-under on his round. That’s where Todd would finish the front nine.
On the back nine, Todd would par the 10th hole before he birdied the 11th hole to get to 3-under par. After pars on the 12th and 13th holes, Todd would birdie the next two holes, the 14th and 15th, to get to 5-under par on his Friday round.
Pars on the final three holes closed out a solid day for Todd, who carded a 5-under par 65 to take a commanding lead when his round was complete. At the time, Todd had a four-shot lead over the rest of the field.
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Todd will be trying to add the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to his wins earlier this season at the Bermuda Championship and the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Those two wins, along with his win at the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship, are the only times Todd has won on tour.
This season has proven that the 35-year-old Todd can win just about any times he tees it up on tour. And now that he has the confidence of having done so, Todd figures to just add to his win total. If he continues to play this well again this weekend, he’ll be adding a World Golf Championship title to his ever-improving resume.