Birdie barrage earns Todd first win
in five years
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[November 04, 2019]
(Reuters) - Brendon Todd ended
five years of frustration as the American shot a career best
nine-under 62 to win the inaugural Bermuda Championship by four
strokes on Sunday.
Defying his world number 525 ranking, Todd rolled in 10 birdies,
seven of them in a row, against one bogey for the second PGA Tour
victory of his up-and-down career and first since 2014.
His 24-under 260 made him a comfortable winner over third round
leader Harry Higgs, who closed with a 68 at Port Royal in
Fellow Americans Hank Lebioda (63), Aaron Wise (65), Brian Gay (67)
and Scottie Scheffler (66) tied for third at 18 under.
"A year ago I wasn't sure if I was going to keep playing, so it's
really special to get this win this soon," the 34-year-old Todd told
"I'm just overcome with emotion."
Winner of the 2014 Byron Nelson, he climbed to 42nd in the world
rankings before losing his PGA Tour card in 2016.
"Ball-striking yips. Hitting a 4-iron like 50 yards right out of
play every round and I did that for like two years," Todd told
Global Golf Post in May.
He missed 37 of 41 cuts from 2016-18 before regaining his PGA Tour
card this year by the minor league Korn Ferry Tour this year.
Along the way he read a book by golfer Bradley Hughes and began
working with the Australian-born writer.
"I went and saw him and it's just kind of been a home run ever
since," Todd said in the May interview.
Still, Sunday's sparking performance was not expected by a golfer
who missed a pair of cuts before tying for 28th at October's Houston
After rounds of 68, 63 and 67, Todd began the final day two strokes
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PGA golfer Brendon Todd tees off on the 13th hole during the first
round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula
Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Following a par at his opening hole, the American made seven birdies
in a row, completing the turn in 29 strokes after a par at the
Birdies at the 10th, 11th and 15th added to dream round before a
bogey at the last.
"We had nice weather today," the American said. "The golf course we
had been playing under heavy winds felt easy to me today.
"I just felt like I was going to play a good round, and when I got
the lead, I was able to kind of relax and hit shots. "
Higgs needed a comeback to finish second.
A double bogey at the seventh put him one over for the round, but he
grabbed birdies at the 10th and 14th and topped off the day with an
eagle at the par-five 17th.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by
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