Brendon Todd began Sunday’s final round tied for the lead with Louis Oosthuizen, then shot his second-best round of the week to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship ahead of a crowd of notables.
Todd took the lead outright around the turn to outlast Marc Leishman and Mike Weir, who had made moves to the top of the leaderboard as well. Gary Woodland, Graham DeLaet and Matt Kuchar had started the day within four shots of the lead but couldn’t mount challenges.
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Update No. 23: 6:07 p.m. EDT
Brendon Todd finds the fairway and stays dry with his approach on the 18th, well away from the pin but in good shape since even a three-putt gives him the victory. Todd nearly holes the long putt but it settles within 5 feet and he sinks the comebacker for a 66 and the win.
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Update No. 23: 5:58 p.m. EDT
Leader Brendon Todd misses another green, this time at the par-3 17th, but again gets up and down for par to remain 14 under with a two-shot lead as he chases his first Tour win.
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Update No. 22: 5:45 p.m. EDT
Leader Brendon Todd brings his run of five straight pars to the par-5 16th, where he has made par three times this week, but drives it into a fairway bunker. Todd lays up and finds the fairway, but misses with his approach. He chips it close to get up and down for par and remain 14 under.
Mike Weir wraps up a 3-under 67 with two pars that could have been birdies, nearly sinking a putt at the 17th and coming close to a chip-in at the last. Weir heads in alone in second at 12 under and will watch Todd play the last two holes.
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Update No. 21: 5:24 p.m. EDT
“No quit in Weir,” Golfweek senior writer Adam Schupak tweeted earlier of Mike Weir, and the Canadian proves the scribe correct again: Weir birdies No. 16 to rise back to 12 under, within two shots of leader Brendon Todd. Todd extends his par run to five in a row and has three holes left to play.
Earlier, Weir had added some excitement by nearly carding an ace at No. 2; he settled for birdie.
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Update No. 20: 5:06 p.m. EDT
Mike Weir bogeys No. 15 and falls three shots back of leader Brendon Todd, T-2 at 11 under alongside Charles Howell III. Howell is making a late surge with an eagle-birdie sequence at Nos. 16-17. Todd has made four straight pars since back-to-back birdies around the turn and has four holes left to play.
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Update No. 19: 4:53 p.m. EDT
Leader Brendon Todd misses the green at No. 13 and finds a little tree trouble – but hits a lefty chip that uses the green’s contour to curl toward the hole at the end, then makes a par comebacker of about 7-8 feet to remain 14 under and two shots clear of Mike Weir.
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Update No. 18: 4:35 p.m. EDT
Mike Weir’s first birdie in eight holes comes at No. 13 and pulls him back to 12 under, within two shots of leader Brendon Todd. Weir had held the lead before two bogeys in that stretch between birdies. Marc Leishman, who also has held a share of the lead today, and James Hahn are T-3 another two shots back.
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Update No. 17: 4:27 p.m. EDT
Dustin Johnson keeps climbing, this time birdieing No. 15 for his second in third holes; he follows with a par and is T-7 at 8 under.
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Update No. 16: 4:14 p.m. EDT
Leader Brendon Todd birdies for his second straight hole at No. 10 and moves to 14 under, stretching his margin to three shots over Marc Leishman and Mike Weir.
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Update No. 15: 4:01 p.m. EDT
After Marc Leishman bogeys No. 11, Brendon Todd birdies No. 9 for yet another two-shot swing atop the leaderboard today. Todd moves to a two-shot lead over the Aussie and Mike Weir, with James Hahn and Louis Oosthuizen another shot back.
Scottie Scheffler finishes birdie-par-par to wrap up a 68 and end the week at 4 under, good for T-26 as things stand. The amateur is set to play for Texas in the fall – while his caddie, sister Callie, plays for Texas A&M and is ranked No. 126.
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Update No. 14: 3:55 p.m. EDT
Dustin Johnson is 3 under for his round after a birdie at the 13th, on pace for his fourth round of the week under par and T-9 at 7 under. Johnson had a rare eagle-double bogey sequence on the front nine.
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Update No. 13: 3:41 p.m. EDT
Louis Oosthuizen gets back to even par for his round with a birdie at No. 7 to return to 10 under, good for solo fourth three shots back of the co-leaders.
Mike Weir, meanwhile, falls from a share of the lead with his second bogey of the day coming at No. 9 and dropping him to 11 under, a shot back of Marc Leishman and Brendon Todd.
Todd is 2 under today, thanks in part to having holed out from a bunker earlier at No. 2.
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Update No. 12: 3:32 p.m. EDT
Mike Weir has parred twice since bogeying and remains 12 under, tied for the lead with Marc Leishman and Brendon Todd.
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Update No. 11: 3:21 p.m. EDT
Marc Leishman grabs a share of the lead with a birdie at the eighth, the second time today he’s birdied back-to-back holes. That moves him to 12 under alongside Brendon Todd and Mike Weir. They’re three shots clear of four players at 9 under.
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Update No. 10: 3:15 p.m. EDT
Birdieing two of three holes before the turn, Matt Kuchar has climbed into the top 10 as he’s 2 under for the day. That puts the Georgia Tech product at T-8 and 8 under.
Shawn Stefani regained fully exempt status when he last was in Texas by finishing fifth at the Shell Houston Open. Today the Lamar product is making a move at 4 under for his round, which has him T-11 at 7 under.
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Update No. 9: 3:04 p.m. EDT
A two-shot swing lifts Brendon Todd back into a share of the lead as 12 under alongside Mike Weir. Todd birdies the fifth hole while Weir bogeys the sixth. Marc Leishman is a shot back in solo third.
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Update No. 8: 2:49 p.m. EDT
It hasn’t taken long for a shakeup to develop atop the leaderboard. Let’s run through the top five:
- 1. Mike Weir, 13 under: Weir has birdied four of his first five holes.
- 2. Brendon Todd, 11 under: Todd has a birdie at No. 2 against four pars.
- 3. Charles Howell III, 10 under: Howell opened with three birdies against a bogey, and added a fourth birdie at No. 7.
- 3. Marc Leishman, 10 under: Leishman opened with two birdies and has four pars since.
- 5. Gary Woodland, 9 under: Woodland opened with a birdie but bogeyed the fourth.
- 5. Louis Oosthuizen, 9 under: Oosthuizen began with two pars before bogeying the third.
- 5. James Hahn, 9 under: Hahn bogeyed the second and immediately erased that with birdie.
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Update No. 7: 1:56 p.m. EDT
As the co-leaders prepare to tee off, Dustin Johnson birdies at Nos. 2 and 5 to rise to T-13 at 6 under, four back of Louis Oosthuizen and Brendon Todd. Johnson is looking for his sixth top-10 finish of the season, perhaps even making a move toward his second win.
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Update No. 6: 1:33 p.m. EDT
Charles Howell III opens with two straight birdies to rise to T-3 at 9 under, just one back of co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Brendon Todd. The Oklahoma State product is looking for his sixth top-10 finish on Tour this season, which would already surpass his tally of five from 2013 – and chasing his first win since the 2007 Nissan Open.
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Update No. 5: 1:21 p.m. EDT
Kevin Kisner gets his round to 5 under with a birdie at No. 12 and follows with a par; he’s T-13 at 6 under, four shots back of co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Brendon Todd about 40 minutes before they tee off. Kisner, who played collegiately at Georgia, is looking for his second top-10 finish of the season.
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Update No. 4: 12:28 p.m. EDT
Closing with three straight pars after having scattered five birdies in his previous 12, Brian Harman signs for a bogey-free 65 that sends him to the clubhouse T-29 at 3 under. That’s seven back of co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Brendon Todd, who tee off in about 90 minutes, but it shows there are good numbers to be had at TPC Four Seasons Resort today.
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Update No. 3: 12:09 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth entered the week as a popular favorite to win, on the heels of his T-4 Players Championship finish. But eight of the top nine players on this week’s leaderboard have three rounds in the 60s in Irving, Texas, while Spieth has just one. Today he’s angling for another, following a bogey at No. 3 with birdies at Nos. 4, 5 and 7. Four pars later, Spieth is 2 under with seven holes to play, which has him
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Update No. 2: 12:01 p.m. EDT
Let’s check in on players here this week who started out ranked in the top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:
- 1. Matt Kuchar: T-13, 6 under (69-67-68)
- 12. Jordan Spieth: T-40, 2 under (2 under through 11 holes today)
- 15. Gary Woodland: T-3, 9 under (68-67-66)
- 21. Charl Schwartzel: T-19, 4 under (73-67-67)
- 22. Harris English: Missed cut (71-72)
- 23. Jason Dufner: T-63, 1 over (2 over through eight holes today)
- 24. Keegan Bradley: T-19, 4 under (70-68-68)
- 25. Graham DeLaet: T-6, 8 under (68-66-68)
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Update No. 1: 11:42 a.m. EDT
Tim Wilkinson, who had been a shot back of the lead, moves to T-15 at 5 under with three birdies in his first four holes. Wilkinson is one of five players who are 3 under today, but they’re all simply following the lead of Brian Harman – who’s 5 under through 16 holes today.
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The leaderboard after three rounds at the HP Byron Nelson Championship is more bunched than the Bradys. There are 17 golfers within five strokes of the lead heading into the final round at TPC Four Seasons Resort. South African Louis Oosthuizen birdied four of his final five holes to post the low round of the day, a 6-under 64 to grab a share of the 54-hole lead with Brendon Todd.
Brendon Todd needed a closing birdie to stay in the lead Saturday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Todd shot 2-under 68 at TPC Four Seasons Resort and is now tied for the lead at 10 under with Louis Oosthuizen, who fired a third-round 66. Further down the leaderboard, amateur Scottie Scheffler shot a 1-under 69 that included an ace at the par-3 second. The 17-year-old is 2 under overall.
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Friday’s Tour coverage
Brendon Todd shot 6-under 64 to move into the lead Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship while Paul Casey, Martin Kaymer and Mike Weir are part of a nine-way tie for second, two shots back.
The top of the leaderboard is crowded for Friday’s second round of the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keep up with the highlights from TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, right here.
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Thursday’s Tour coverage
Peter Hanson birdied his final hole en route to a 5-under 65 in Thursday’s opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Swede leads David Duval, Tim Wilkinson and Marc Leishman by a shot at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Last week’s winner at The Players, Martin Kaymer, is among a large group tied for fourth at 3 under. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Thursday’s first-round action in San Antonio:
On the verge of taking over the World No. 1 ranking, Adam Scott has committed to playing next week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational, the PGA Tour announced Thursday. Also committing is Dustin Johnson, who shot 1-under 69 today to open the HP Byron Nelson Championship and started the week ranked No. 14 in the OWGR. Scott is not playing this week as the Associated Press has reported he will take the top spot from Tiger Woods.
Graeme McDowell will skip next week’s BMW PGA Championship in England to spend time at his U.S. home with his pregnant wife. McDowell’s status for a spot on Europe’s team for the Sept. 26-28 Ryder Cup is uncertain as he ranks 20th on the European points list; McDowell has posted five top-10 finishes in nine starts on PGA Tour.
The top of the field is loaded for this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. Among the six players in the top seven of the FedEx Cup points standings playing this week: Jordan Spieth, the Texas product who contended at the Masters, and Jimmy Walker, the Baylor product who has won three times during this PGA Tour wraparound season. Passing all those notables for the lead is Peter Hanson, looking for his first PGA Tour victory at age 36. He leads David Duval, Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson by a shot.
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About a month apart this spring, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth led the Masters and The Players during the final rounds. It follows that he was asked Wednesday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship if he considered talk of his being golf’s “next big thing” as a burden or compliment. Demonstrating maturity beyond his years and being consistent with past behavior, Spieth again showed he thinks it’s important to block out external factors. This will serve him well if he stays the course. “I don’t even hear it,” he said. “I don’t view it as either one.
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