IRVING, Texas – Brendon Todd was shocked when he saw his ball settled at the base of a tree by the 13th green in the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship.
As good as he is with his short game, it wasn’t natural for the slender 6-foot-3 Todd to set up left-handed and hit the ball with the back side of a 4-iron.
Definitely, without a doubt, Todd said when asked if it was his most unusual shot in a competitive round.
And it came in his first PGA Tour victory, a two-stroke win Sunday over Mike Weir.
Todd saved par at the 185-yard 13th hole after knocking the ball to 7 feet, part of a bogey-free 4-under 66. He finished at 14-under 266.
It was the 77th career PGA Tour event for Todd. He earned $1,242,000, a PGA Tour exemption through the 2015-16 season 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.
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.
LPGA: In Williamsburg, Virginia, Lizette Salas won the Kingsmill Championship for her first LPGA Tour title, finishing with even-par 71 for a four-stroke victory.
The 24-year-old former Southern California player was never really challenged in the final round on the River Course.
She finished at 13-under 271 and earned $195,000.
CHAMPIONS: In Birmingham, Alabama, Kenny Perry won his third Champions Tour major in the past year with a one-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia in the Regions Tradition.
Perry closed with an even-par 72 at Shoal Creek to finish at 7-under 281, while other contenders had up-and-down days and John Cook lost the lead with a double hit.
Calcavecchia finished with a 70. Two-time winner Tom Lehman closed with a 67 to tie Jay Haas at 5 under. Haas closed with a 71. Cook’s 72 put him three strokes back.
EUROPEAN: In Girona, Spain, Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Spanish Open to extend his record as the oldest European Tour champion, winning with a par on the third hole of a playoff.
Jimenez won at 50 years, 133 days. He closed with a 1-over 73 to match Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and Australia’s Richard Green at 4-under 284.