Todd's goal - no hiccups


IRVING, Texas - On a day that featured multiple blasts from the past - Mike Weir, Paul Casey, Tim Herron and Retief Goosen were among the yesteryear leaderboard crashers - the 36-hole lead at the HP Byron Nelson Championship belongs to a guy whose next splash will be his first.

Brendon Todd is in his second full season on the PGA Tour, and though he has a pair of T-6s in 2014, he’ll be entering uncharted territory Saturday at the TPC Four Seasons. He has a two-stroke lead on no less than eight guys-a group that includes three of the aforementioned veterans and Players champion Martin Kaymer.

Todd birdied five of seven holes in the middle of his round to post 8 under. “It’s nice to put together two rounds under par before the cut - that’s been a challenge for me this year,” he said. “I was patient, parred the first six holes, then hit a wedge shot close after driving it into the fairway bunker on [the par-5] seventh, then made a long putt for birdie on 8.”

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That 24-footer jump-started things on a day when Todd would make five more birdies on the back nine. As with so many guys looking for their first PGA Tour victory, it becomes a different game tomorrow afternoon.

“Obviously I’m excited to get out there and play with the crowds,” Todd said. “I feel an urgency to capitalize on playing well. I feel like my game is good enough to play well all four days. In the past, I’ve always had a hiccup round before the cut, so my goal is, if the red numbers are out there, let’s do it.”