Todd earns 1st career Tour title at Byron Nelson


Brendon Todd handled an unfamiliar situation like a veteran Sunday, converting his first 54-hole lead into victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Here is the skinny from TPC Four Seasons:

The leaderboard: Brendon Todd (-14); Mike Weir (-12); Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman (-10)

What it means: It’s the first career victory for the 28-year-old Todd, who becomes the fifth University of Georgia grad to win on the PGA Tour this season. The former All-American struggled in his first crack on the big circuit, in 2009, making only five cuts in 21 starts and closing the year with 10 consecutive MCs. The following year on the Tour, he went 0-for-13. He battled his way through mini-tours and the developmental circuits, and this season he had posted two top 10s before breaking through in Dallas. He now will move to No. 11 in the FedEx Cup race.

Round of the day: Staked to his first-ever share of the 54-hole lead, Brendon Todd played bogey-free Sunday and coasted through much of the back nine with a comfortable advantage. He birdied Nos. 2, 5 and 9 to go out in 32, then tacked on another birdie at the par-4 10th. Just as important was the 15-foot par putt he holed on 17 to stay two ahead and finish with 66.

Best of the rest: Searching for his first top 10 since the 2010 Humana Challenge, Mike Weir shot 67 Sunday and came up two shots short. Charles Howell III, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2007, collected his best finish of the season after a Sunday 67. It also was his sixth top 10 during the wraparound season. Dustin Johnson put together all four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 66, to jump up to T-7. 

Biggest disappointment: Louis Oosthuizen, who shared the 54-hole lead, dropped behind early and then bogeyed three of his first four holes to start the back nine. His closing 74 dropped him all the way to T-11. 

Shot of the day: After missing left on the par-3 13th, Todd played a shot left-handed, turning a mid-iron backward and hitting a bump and run onto the green, his ball settling about 7 feet from the hole. He made the par putt to stay two shots ahead.

Quote of the day: “It feels amazing,” Todd said. “Big monkey off the back. It’s been a tough career so far with a lot of ups and downs, but I’m excited to be on top right now.”