Brendon Todd won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a bogey-free four-under-par 66 for a two-stroke victory over Mike Weir at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas.
It was the 77th career PGA Tour event for Todd. He earned $1,242,000, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot next year in the Masters. 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.
“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. Boo Weekley (68) was at nine under to tie for fifth with James Hahn (70). Weekley is the defending champion at Colonial, about 30 miles away and the next tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open in the final group with Todd, had already slipped four strokes back at the turn before bogeys at Nos. 10-11. The 2010 British Open champion shot 74, 10 strokes worse than Saturday, to tie for 11th at six under.
Martin Kaymer won the Players Championship last weekend and opened the Nelson Championship with consecutive 67s. But he shot 71 on Saturday before a bogey-birdie-bogey start Sunday on the way to a 72 and a tie for 29th at three under. That was a stroke better than Jimmy Walker, who will remain No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old Dallas native ranked eighth in the world, had a closing 68 to finish 2-under and tied for 37th at the tournament where he made the cut as an amateur at ages 16 and 17. He finished two strokes behind 17-year-old Scott Scheffler, the top junior golfer from Dallas who played on a sponsor exemption.
Kenny Perry won his third Champions Tour major in the past year with a one-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia on Sunday in the Regions Tradition at Birmingham, Ala.
Perry closed with an even-par 72 at Shoal Creek to finish at seven-under 281, while other contenders had up-and-down days and John Cook lost the lead with a double hit. Perry bogeyed No. 15 but retook the lead with a birdie on the next hole and lined up an easy par putt on the closing hole.
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 closing 72 put him three strokes back.
Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Spanish Open on Sunday after a three-way playoff to become the European Tour's first winner over the age of 50. Jimenez extended his own record as the oldest European Tour winner at 50 years and 133 days old.
Jimenez beat Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Australia's Richard Green in a playoff after he was the only one to make par on the first extra hole. All three players finished at four-under 284.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times