Todd wins with a little help from Down Under
World number 525 Brendon Todd fired a 9-under final round of 62 to win his second PGA title with a four-shot win at the inaugural Bermuda Championship.
It was the first PGA Tour win for the 34-year-old since the 2014 Byron Nelson Championship and his first top-10 finish since 2015. Todd lost his card in 2016 and between 2015 and 2018 he made just four of 43 cuts on the PGA Tour.
Brendon Todd (Credit: PGA Tour)
Sunday’s win was a marked turnaround for the American who had earlier thought about moving on from the game. But a recent move to a new coach, Aussie Bradley Hughes, has brought new life and a future to his game.
“A year ago I was talking to my manager about potentially opening up another business and not sure if I was going to keep playing,” said Todd. “So to turn it around in one year and regain status and then have a big win this like this is just a dream come true and hopefully a springboard to a really long, successful career out here.”
WITB: Brendon Todd
- Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
- Ping G410 LST Driver (10.5º)
- TaylorMade M5 3W (15º)
- Callaway Rogue Hybrid (19º)
- 718 T-MB (4, 5), 718 CB (6-PW)
- Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (50º, 54º), Fourteen Golf RM-Proto (60º)
- Sik Pro C-Series Putter
Todd engaged Hughes, a former PGA Tour player, at the beginning of the 2018 season and the results followed.
In 11 starts last season, Todd recorded four top-25′s and made US$252,546, to get into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where he earned his PGA Tour card back. With Sunday’s win, Todd has earned a two year exemption on tour and starts at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Players Championship and the PGA Championship.
Rod Pampling was the best of the Australians finishing in a share of 31st position, making the cut the first time this season, following missed cuts at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Rhein Gibson finished in a share of 35th position having started the tournament with three consecutive rounds under par for the first time since the 2016 American Express.
Other Aussies to make the weekend included Cameron Percy (T48) and John Senden (T62). Robert Allenby and Cameron Davis missed the cut.