Byron Nelson Championship

Brendon Todd wins first PGA Tour title at 77th attempt

Former Masters champion Mike Weir has best tournament for years, but falls just short

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 May, 2014, 10:18am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 May, 2014, 10:18am

Brendon Todd won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Mike Weir.

It was the 77th career PGA Tour event for Todd. He earned US$1,242,000, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot next year in the Masters.

“I’m excited about the relief like I finally have a chance to play the PGA Tour for multiple years,” Todd said. “No. 1, going to Augusta for the Masters is a dream come true.”

Todd finished at 14- under 266. He took the lead for good with birdies at Nos. 9 and 10, and went on to become the eighth first-time winner this season.

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion who won the last of his eight PGA Tour titles in 2007, finished with a 67. Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman tied for third at 10 under.

“Best golf I played in a long time. I was happy with the way I played,” Weir said. “I was definitely determined to try to win today, but I can feel good about the way I handled things out there.”