Todd clinches first PGA Tour victory in style

Sun May 18, 2014 7:55pm EDT
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(Reuters) - A brilliant left-handed recovery shot helped American Brendon Todd to his first PGA Tour title, a two-stroke victory at the $6.9 million HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas on Sunday.

Todd, who had never finished better than sixth on tour, displayed impressive poise and a sizzling short game to card a bogey-free four-under-par 66 at the Four Seasons TPC in Irving.

He finished at 14-under 266, while Canadian Mike Weir (67), without a win since 2007, claimed second place on 12-under.

Todd collected $1.24 million and an invitation to next year's Masters, less than two hours down the road from where he went to college at the University of Georgia in Athens.

"I thought I could win on the PGA Tour. It's taken a while but now that I've won it's a dream come true," the 28-year-old told reporters.

"I'm really excited, the relief I finally have a chance to play the PGA Tour for multiple years (but) number one (is) going to Augusta."

Todd hit a number of good shots, including a bunker shot he holed at the par-three second, but none was more memorable than his second shot at the par-three 13th.

After yanking his tee shot 20 yards left of the hole, he was stymied by a tree, so the right-hander instead chipped his second shot left-handed.

He made near perfect contact and his ball trundled down to within seven feet of the hole, from where he sank the putt for an unlikely par.   Continued...