HP Byron Nelson Championship. It’s Todd With The Trophy

 

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Brendon Todd won his maiden PGA Tour victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons.

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Brendon shot a final round -4 under par 66 to lift his maiden PGA Tour trophy, with a tournament total of -14 under par. He reckoned he scored his pants off, even playing left handed with the back of an iron because of the close proximity of a tree;

“I absolutely scored my pants off, I have a great short game and even I’ll say it was special this week. The only thing I could say I drew on is my brother-in-law is left handed and I putted with his left-handed putter before and I’m pretty good at it. So I tried to use that stroke.”

“I asked my caddie walking off the 17th tee where I was, he thought I was two up so I knew that was a big putt and I jammed it in there. It feels amazing, a big monkey off the back. It’s been a tough career so far with a lot of ups and downs but I’m excited to be on top right now.”

“Going to Augusta for the Masters is a dream come true. Going to the University of Georgia, we got to play there once a year in college and that’s a special place, so excited about that.”

Mike Weir finished in second place at -12 under par, a remarkable comeback for the 44 year-old Canadian. Mike was happy with  his effort, he tried his best to win;

“Best golf I played in a long time. I was happy with the way I played. I was definitely determined to try to win today, but I can feel good about the way I handled things out there. No doubt about it, I was nervous.”

“It was great to have my wife here, no doubt.  Gave myself a couple of good looks coming in and just wasn’t meant to be. But I’m happy with today.”

“I know hard times, I’ve had plenty of hard times in my career. It took me seven years out of college to get on the PGA TOUR, missing cuts on the Asian Tour, Canadian Tour, all around the world. So I knew I could rely on that and I knew I could dig deep within myself to putt myself out of things. This has taken a long time and it’s only one week, but this week was great and very satisfying.”

“I played solid golf probably better today than the other three days. It just shows you that the things you’re working on your game, when they show up under the heat of competition and stress, that you’re doing the right things.”

Great to have you back in the mix Mike.

Charles Howell 111 and Marc Leishman tied for third spot, both finished at -10 under par for the tournament.


HP Byron Nelson Championship. Two At Ten Under.

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There are two players tied at the top of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, at ten under par.

 

Louis Oosthuizen   Brendon Todd

 

 

 

 

 

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Louis and Brendon are atop the HP Byron Nelson Championship leaderboard at -10 under par for the three rounds played at TPC Four Seasons.

Louis or Larry ? seems Louis has had some name problems recently, most of it due to Charl Schwartzel, it was etched on his bag and he did not notice until some of the players kept calling him Larry;

” That was Charl again, he probably had nothing to do, so he had Ping make a bag that said Larry Oosthuizen. I didn’t realize it was on the bag even after Jason Dufner and everyone was giving me some stick. I just laughed. Next thing you know, I looked at the bag and it said Larry Oosthuizen.”

The prank did not stop Louis from carding the low round of the day, a -6 under par 64 which elevated him to the top of the leaderboard to share the -10 under par total;

” Every opportunity I had for birdie I actually made, my eye was good today, and I hit a lot of them really close.”

Despite being a Major winner, The Open 2010, Louis has yet to win a tournament on American soil;

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“I wanted to come over here and get more familiar with the Tour and playing a full schedule. It’s just taking me a bit longer to really get my game where I want it to be. Hopefully this weekend can kick off something and get my game on the track that I want it to be.”

“It’s always nice finishing a round on a high, you sort of feed off that the next morning or the next day and that keeps you going. Tomorrow there is obviously a little bit more pressure on everyone that’s in the last groups, but that’s great to put yourself in that position and see how you face it and try to get out on top.”

Brendon had a sedate -2 under par 68, to reach his -10 under par total. Getting into the final pairing was all the inspiration he needed;

“Walking into the 18th green, I knew a birdie would get me to the last group. So that was a little bit of motivation.”

Mike Weir, James Hahn and Gary Woodland are one stroke back at -9 under par for the tournament.

Morgan Hoffmann should have joined  the leaders but twice fell out of the lead after hitting drives left into the water and making double bogey, at Nos. 11 and 18. He stood on the 18th tee tied for the lead, found the water and signed for a round of -2 under par 68 and was tied for sixth at -8 under par,with three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, Marc Leishman and Graham DeLaet.

This really is anybody’s tournament, it just needs someone to go out and get it, Good Luck “Larry”

 

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Todd Leads by Two

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Brendon Todd leads t he HP Byron Nelson Championship by two shots at the mid-way point of  the competition at TPC Four Seasons Resort.

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 Shooting a -6 under par 64 in Friday’s second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship has put Brendon in command of this event after two rounds. His -8 under par total has put a two shot gap between him and second place, which is being shared between no less than eight players. So far this season the Web.com Tour graduate Brendon has struggled to put more than two good rounds together in a tournament, tomorrow will be a stern test for him.

“It’s nice to put two under-par rounds together before the cut, that’s been a challenge for me this year. I feel like my game was good enough to play well this week all four days. In the past, I’ve always had a hiccup before the cut, so my goal is, if the red numbers are out there, let’s do it. Excited to be in the last group on the weekend.”

Among those eight in the following group at -6 under par is last weeks winner Martin Kaymer, who shot a another -3 under par 67 to remain in contention here. Paul Casey is another who is sharing that spot, Paul put together a magnificent second round of -7 under par 63, his back-nine score of 27 tying for second-lowest back nine in PGA TOUR history.

Paul said that he did not keep track of what he was doing on that back nine;

“I had no concept of what I was doing, the seal was broken when I got to ten, it just spiraled from there. I like to think I would be pretty good at shooting low rounds of golf through the past, but certainly nothing like that.”

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 Just take a good look at his card.

Martin Kaymer reported that he was feeling relaxed, and was taking his good form with him, warning that he may have emptied his tank from last week, but tomorrow it will be full again;

“I think if you had a good week, obviously you can take a lot into the next week, you play a little bit more free, a little bit more relaxed. Tomorrow morning, it will be full again.”

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As you can tell the leaderboard is very compacted, so anything could happen on moving day, someone is bound to go low.

 

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Peter Hanson leads the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.

Peter Hanson shot a 5-under 65 to take the lead at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Peter has a one shot advantage after his opening round of -5 under par 65, at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He joined the PGA Tour last year and is looking for his first win, he was suffering from travelling and a sore back;

“Always nice to get off to a fast start. I still have quite a bit of pain, but I really wanted to play this week. “Heading over to Europe the next two weeks. We have a big tournament, Wentworth, and then my national open back in Sweden the week after that. This is a bit of a test.”

David Duval is in the group of three players at -4 under par, although he very nearly did not play due to an injury problem, his right elbow making it hard to swing;

“I’m just glad I chose to tee off today because I was seriously considering not to, can’t use my right arm. I’m tickled pink it feels as good as it does right now. I’m not getting to play a whole lot right now and it would have been a hard thing to swallow not to be able to tee off.”

“A little disadvantage when you don’t get to play consistently, but I have the utmost confidence in what I’m trying to do right now, and I feel like I can succeed even with that sporadic schedule.”

Marc Lieshman and Tim Wilkinson are the two players tied with David at -4 under par.

Last weeks winner Martin Kaymer is a whole bunch of players at -3 under par, while last weeks adversary Jordan Spieth could only manage an opening round of even par 70.

Jordan was upset at his performance;

“I kept myself in it, it was a difficult day. I was upset today, I get upset out here when things aren’t going my way because I want them to so bad. Michael did a great job of calming me down, putting things in perspective, and we got a couple birdies to finish to get back in it.”

“I’m really happy with the way I’m keeping myself in it around the greens, I feel very confident and comfortable around the greens. Once I hit a few fairways, my iron play will be there and hopefully get back on track and make a run.”

There is a lot of golf still to play here, and I am sure that Martin Kaymer, given his current form, will be in contention come Sunday.

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Crumbles, Korean Bae Wins.

Korean Sang-Moon Bae won the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas, with a last round of -1 under par, 69,  for a total of -13 under par. Keegan Bradley crumbled under the pressure and could only manage a last round of par, finishing two strokes behind the leader at -11 under par.

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Sang-Moon said winning a PGA Tournament was something he had always dreamed of;

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, winning on the PGA TOUR. It was surreal to have Mrs. Nelson there and with all the history, I was in awe, actually, so almost I didn’t know how to react.”

Sang-Moon’s  previous best finish on the PGA TOUR was a playoff loss to Luke Donald at the 2012 Tampa Bay Championship. He said he was happy that he played the back nine better;

” When my iron play came back in the latter part of the round, I had confidence. On that shot on 17, I knew it was short, and the wind pushed it over to the right, and I was happy and relieved that it turned out OK.”

Despite struggling all day Keegan was uplifted by a birdie putt on 15, and thought he could then go on and be the first player since Tom Watson in 1980 to win this competition wire to wire;

“I’m pretty disappointed but Moon played very well. I just didn’t play great today, but I hung in there. I chipped away. When I made that putt on 15, I was pretty confident that I was going to win.”

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champ, shot a last round of -2 under par, 68, to finish in third place on his own third at -10 under par.

 

 

 

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Continues, Just

Keegan Bradley continues to lead the HP Byron Nelson Championship, just, even though he made bogey again on the last hole, that’s three out of three times so far. He now has a slender one shot lead at -13 under par for the tournament.

Bradley's still the one

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Keegan shot a third round of -2 under par, 68 on the par 70 lay-out TPC Four Seasons Resort course in Irving Texas. Given the way he has played the eighteenth this week he will probably need more than a one shot lead tomorrow as he stands once again on the last tee box. He sarcastically said;

” One of the most solid rounds of the year.”

Alone in second place is Sang-Moon Bae, after he put together a third round score of -4 under par, 66, to close the gap at the top of the leaderboard to just one shot. He has a total of -12 under par.

Tom Gillis is alone in third place, at -11 under par, mainly thanks to holing out from the bunker on the last for an unlikely birdie. From just 130 yards out Tom had somehow managed to find the front bunker, but his excellent bunker shot made amends in the best possible fashion. He remarked afterwards;

” That’ll make dinner taste a little bit better, that’s for sure.”

In fourth place is Scott Piercy, he also had a -4 under par, 66, and occupies the position alone at -10 under par for the tournament.

The winner will surely come from one these four players, it is hard to imagine someone from further back can get up to win. But golf is a funny game, and anything could happen. Keegan will be hoping to win, wire to wire and join the short list of golfers who have achieved this distinction.  Tom Watson did it in 1980, and back in 1976, Mark Hayes also went wire to wire.

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Still In Front

Keegan Bradley is still in front of the chasing pack at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, despite only managing a second round of -1 under par 69.

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Keegan was happy to have a three shot lead after the second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, after he stalled on the day, but still finished in front by three shots at -11 under par, despite making bogey on 1 and 18, again;

” I’m almost more proud of this round than yesterday because I didn’t feel comfortable all day. I don’t know what it was, I can’t put my finger on it but, you know, I bogeyed the first hole. I was a little uncomfortable and then I settled in and hit some really good shots. The first hole is probably the easiest hole out here, I don’t know why I keep making bogey on that hole.”

Keegan came to the 18th tee with his four shot advantage intact, a wayward tee shot took care of that;

” I’ve got a four-shot lead, so the last thing I wanted to do was plop it in the water. I bailed out. I didn’t hit that bad of a shot it just got in the wind. I thought it was going to be way left of where it was, but I’m going to hit good ones Saturday and Sunday.”

Tied in second place are Tom Gillis, who had a second round of -7 under par 63, and Sang-Moon Bae, with his -4 under par 66. Both players are on -8 under par.

Tom thought the course definitely played easier in the morning, and also was happy to be reunited with his coach;

” It was easier, I think the wind was down and I was hoping that we would get a fair shot like they had Thursday morning, just to see what it would be like. Definitely, I thought it played better than in the afternoon. I stepped  away for a couple of months and tried to do some things on my own and kind of got lost. We had disagreements on some things. You talk things out, work things out. People change. I think he was right all along, to be honest with you.”

Sang-Moon was also happy with his round;

” That was a little weird, I thought this course was very windy, but Thursday morning was really good weather. So yeah, different, but I shoot same score as Thursday, so I’m happy.

 Charl Schwartzel also struggled today, in the afternoon round he shot an even par 70;
” It was a bit up and down out there, bit of a frustrating day, but I suppose it’s the mix.”
 

Chinese wonder teenager Guan Tianlang shot a second round of 77, to miss the cut. He was in good company with Boo Weekley, Robert Garrigus, John Senden, Robert Karlsson, Ryuji Imada and Y.E. Yang among those who failed to make the cut, which was set at even par.