Brendon Todd continued a storybook 2019-2020 season with another solid finish at the PGA Championship. The 35-year-old journeyman was in contention through two rounds en route to a T-17th (65-70-72-67).
That was his third straight top-25 and fourth in five starts.
He was the 18-hole leader last week and the 54-hole leader at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The next progression for Todd is to improve on the weekend.
He hasn’t quite figured it out yet in big events, though three career PGA Tour wins, including two in a row last fall, show he’s at least done it before.
Finding the winner’s circle seems like a comfortable next step for a guy whose trophies come from low-rung events like the Bermuda Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic, as well as mid-tier event, the Byron Nelson Championship.
We’re going to have to throw out Todd’s course history and rely on his current form. He’s made just one cut (T-26th, 2013) in five starts. He hasn’t been here since 2016.
The former Georgia Bulldog ranks 23rd in strokes gained putting (.498 per round) and should be comfortable on Bermuda greens. Being a short hitter is not a big detriment this week. His third place rank on Tour in driving accuracy (71.84%) is a big deal, though.
Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas are top two in the Player of the Year hunt, but you could argue to put Todd right behind them if he closes the season well.
I like Todd to shake off the Sunday scaries and contend at Sedgefield.