Atlanta, Ga. native Brendon Todd shot a sparkling, bogey-free, 66 in the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship to win his first PGA Tour event. Todd defeated former Masters champion, Mike Weir, by two strokes, finishing the Tournament at 14 under par.
Todd’s victory earned him a two-year PGA Tour exemption, as well as, his own invitation to next year’s Masters.
“Yeah, I’m excited about the relief of feeling like I finally have a chance to play the PGA Tour for multiple years. Number one, going to Augusta for the Masters is a dream come true,” Todd said.
Weir’s second place finish marked his best result since 2009, when he was runner-up to Dustin Johnson at Pebble Beach. The Canadian suffered a partial ligament tear in his right elbow in 2010, but appears to have finally returned to form for the first time since the injury.
Weir’s final round 67 put him at 12 under for the Tournament. Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman tied for third at 10 under. Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was paired with Todd in the final group, but shot a 74 to finish at 6 under in a tie for 11th.
While Weir led early on in the final round, Todd took the lead for good with consecutive birdies on holes nine and 10. His most remarkable shot, however, would come on the 13th. An errant tee shot put Todd in an awkward position next to a tree, where he flipped his club backward and swung left-handed at the ball, managing to land it within 7 feet of the cup.
Todd, a University of Georgia graduate, is the fifth former Bulldog player to win on the PGA Tour this season. He joined Masters’ champion Bubba Watson, Harris English, Russell Henley and Chris Kirk.
Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old Dallas native and University of Texas alum, struggled over the weekend to finish at 2 under with a final round 68.
“[A]lthough I would like to win this Tournament playing in front of family and friends, specifically, didn’t happen this week, but I’ve got a lot of years to go at this place, and look forward to ‘em,” Spieth said.
U.S. Junior Amateur Champion Scottie Scheffler, the 17-year-old from Highland Park, finished tied for 22nd in his first PGA TOUR career start. Scheffler, who earned a sponsor’s exemption to play in the event, had one of the highlights of the weekend with his ace on hole two in the third round.