PINEHURST, N.C. – The U.S. Open finally caught up to Brendon Todd.
Making his first start in the season’s second major, Todd tamed Pinehurst No. 2 through the first 36 holes, carding rounds of 69 and 67 to earn a spot alongside Martin Kaymer in Saturday’s final pairing. He gave back all of that progress – and then some – with a 9-over 79 in the third round.
“The scores weren’t really happening for me today,” said Todd, who made only one birdie against eight bogeys and a double bogey. “Really never had the momentum with the irons or the putter today.”
Todd stumbled out of the gates Saturday, playing his first seven holes in 5 over while failing to gauge the pace of the greens at No. 2. After taking 36 putts and dropping 13 shots behind Kaymer, he insisted that his score was not the result of placing any extra pressure on himself.
“It wasn’t the most nervous I’ve ever been,” Todd said. “It’s not like I was holding the lead. I was just going out there trying to hit good shots and make good putts. I hit good shots early…and the putts didn’t go in.”
After earning his first PGA Tour win just last month, Todd has kept up the momentum with top-10 finishes at both the Crowne Plaza Invitational and the Memorial Tournament in recent weeks. Despite his third-round struggles, the 28-year-old views his day on one of golf’s biggest stages as a learning experience.
“It’s cool to have fans out there. It’s cool to be in the final group at the U.S. Open,” he said. “All in all, I’ll take a lot from it.”