PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – A name that often gets overlooked when talking about the young crop of budding PGA Tour talent is Brendon Todd. The 23-year-old former Georgia All-American put together a smooth 66 Saturday at PGA National to vault from T-63 into a tie for 24th when he finished. (He ended the day tied for 19th.) He played his last 12 holes bogey-free, and went 1 under through the dicey Bear Trap (Nos. 15-17). Not too shabby for a guy who is navigating through his rookie year on Tour.
Todd posted seven top-10 finishes last year on the Nationwide Tour, including a victory at the Utah Championship where he finished at 22 under, six shots clear of second place. He earned his Tour card by finishing 20th on the Nationwide money list.
In his first-ever PGA Tour event, Todd made the cut in January at the Sony Open (also posting a third-round 66), but missed his next three. He’ll cash a nice check this week, and likely be in the hunt for many more this year.