Todd wins Byron Nelson tournament
Posted by : May 25, 2014| On :
IRVING–Brendon Todd, a 28 year-old Pennsylvania native and University of Georgia golfer, won the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship May 18 at the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas golf course in Irving.
After four days of play, he won $1.242 million with a 14 under score.
On the last day of play, he shot a 66, four under par on the par 70 golf course.
Throughout the four days of play, golfers were bunched at the top of the leaderboard without a clear winner until the final day of play when Todd shot a bogey free round. He ended the front nine with a 32 and then took a two stroke lead after No. 10.
Todd was able to keep that two stroke lead with a chip-saving par on No. 16 and a long putt on No 17.
On No. 13, Todd’s tee shot landed near a tree and he was forced to play his second shot left-handed. It was an excellent shot, placing the ball just a few feet from the hole.
The win gives Todd a two-year Professional Golf Association (PGA) exemption to continue playing in professional golf competitions, a spot in the 2014 PGA Championship tournament and a guaranteed spot in the 2015 Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga.
“Going to Augusta for the Masters is a dream come true,” Todd said.
Todd’s Bryon Nelson earnings total more than he earned his first three seasons on the PGA tour.
Mike Weir won $745,200 with his 12 under for second place.
Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman tied for third with 10 under scores and took home $400,200 each.
Boo Weekley and James Hahn tied for fifth at nine under and four golfers, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Graham Delaet and Gary Woodland shared seventh place with eight under.
Dallas native, 20 year-old Jordan Spieth, finished two under and tied for 37th. The only amateur in the tournament, 17 year-old Highland Park student Scottie Scheffler finished two strokes ahead of Spieth with a four under.
AT&T will be the title sponsor in 2015 for the tournament. Attendance was estimated at 75,000 on both Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, and 65,000 on Sunday, May 18.