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.

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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.

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Crushes the Course.

Keegan Bradley crushed the TPC Four Seasons Resort course with an opening record scoring round of -10 under par 60, at the  HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Keegan Bradley set a new course record at the TPC  Four Seasons Resort course in Irving Texas, as they say, everything comes up big in Texas, and -10 under par for one round of golf is big. He now has a three shot lead over second placed Charl Schwartzel, who had a wonder round himself, shooting a -7 under par, 63. Usually that kind of round would give you the lead on the Tour, but not this week.

Keegan said the thought of a 59 had crossed his mind, talking about the putt for it, he said;

“It was going right at it, a 59 crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this. But I had 3 feet to shoot 60, I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it. It was rare to match up a ball-striking day and make everything. It happened today, the hole looked huge. Even the putts I missed almost went in.”

Charl was was happy they had played in the morning;

“Seems like you don’t get many of those opportunities, so being out here first was a bit of an advantage. So much rain, it softened up. Played long off the tee, but it’s a big advantage going into the greens with the second shot. You could attack flags.”

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par for the tournament with opening rounds of 64, they are; Ted Potter Jnr, Harris English and Robert Karlsson. They must all be hoping that Keegan does not go out tomorrow and shoot another low round, which would probably wrap up the tournament.

Young Chinese player Tianlang Guan finished at even par, he was happy with his round;

“I missed a couple of birdie putts in the middle but overall not a bad round. After the Masters and New Orleans, I still feel nervous on the first tee but not too much, and I handle it pretty good in the middle fairway and kept it going.”

HP Byron Nelson Championship, Jason Dufner Wins

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Jason Dufner birdied the 18th hole to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort,  Irving, Texas, by one shot from Dickie Pride. Jason had a last round of -3 under par 67 for a tournament total of -11 under par. This is Jason’s second Tour win in four weeks, and also the second of his career. This win gives Jason the lead in the FedEx Cup standings. Jason was pleased with his weeks work;

 “Great week for me golfwise. Tough conditions throughout the week. Today was easier. That’s why I think you saw the leaderboard jam up there toward the top, made for exciting golf toward the end. Good bit of guys had a chance to claim the trophy.It was nice to have a birdie putt there at the end to win, and not to be in a playoff for once. So just all in all a great week the last month. You couldn’t ask for anything more professionally or personally, for what’s been going on”

Dickie Pride was alone in second place on -10 after his -3 under par last round. Dickie enjoyed his tournament and also praised Jason;

 “It was fun. Apparently that was not a very difficult putt on 18, from the long right !!  It was downhill about a cup and a half out, and I made it, and I was pretty happy about that. Jason made a great putt. He’s a really good player.I think we’re all seeing that, we’ve known that, now he’s just winning tournaments, but I have a lot of respect for Jason. When we had our pro-am in Tuscaloosa for Tornado Relief, he was the first guy. He said, “I’m coming, I’m bringing a team and how can I help,” and that says a lot about him. For a guy that doesn’t say much, that says a lot about him. I’m happy for Jason. He went to Auburn, everyone is making a big deal about that, but he married a woman from Alabama to show him around, guys, someone has to do it!

Four players tied for third spot at -9 under par, they were; Joe Durant, Marc Leishman, Jonas Blixt and J.J. Henry. Unlucky J. J. stood on the par three 17th tee with a one shot lead, but an errant club selection saw him airmail the green, and he suffered a double bogey 5, to drop out of contention. The seven iron was way too much club, Phil Mickleson by comparison hit just a wedge onto the same green. Phil finished tied for 7th place on -6 under par for the tournament.

J.J Henry talked about 17;

 “Obviously it’s disappointing. I played great all day, and to be honesty thought I had a great shot on 17. I hit the line exactly where I tried to, and it carried about 6 or 7 yards too far and it’s disappointing but that’s golf. You take the good with the bad. Great crowds out here. Everybody was very supportive. To play so well for that long, and actually like I said, I thought I had a good shot on 17 but the golf gods thought otherwise. I’m happy. This is the best I’ve played here, carry momentum into Colonial, right there where I live, and it’s always fun to play at home.”

Phil Mickelson enjoyed the week with his family, apart from his poor golf form;

“We had such a great week. There was so much to do here in Dallas: The two Ranger games, water parks. She and I had a special week, and I really had a great time here. This is a well-run event and I’m happy I was able to come back., I didn’t strike it well this week, and when the wind came up this week my misses were magnified and I hit into some crazy spots. Today there wasn’t any wind, they were more playable and manageable, and I was able to get hot with the putter. It’s not like I knocked down the flag by any means, but I tried to make some on the greens.”

 

Ernie Els finished tied for 41st place at 1 over par, another sad tournament for the South African Major winner.

Next week is the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas, where the defending champion is David Toms.

HP Byron Nelson Championship, first round

Remember the good times

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Ryan Palmer leads the HP Byron Nelson Championship after the first round was completed. Ryan shot a wonderful round of -6 under par, for 66, and leads by just one shot from Marc Leishman and Alex Chejka, who both had good rounds of 65.Ryan Palmer was a  runner-up in 2011, when he lost in a play-off, said he was happy to be back;

“Continuation from last year, that’s what’s cool about the whole thing. It was great. Felt great all morning, warm-up was great. I knew everything was going in the right direction, it was a matter of putting it all together at once. I drove it great for 14 holes, hit irons, putted great, had a short game my last four holes. I was talking to James walking up to the scoring table, and I was excited about my score but I was disappointed in myself and how I locked up the last four holes. I had big pull hooks on my last four tee shots. I fought my way in, but I got up and down 60 yards for par on 7, in on 8 and great up and down on 9. I fought to get in and the short game was awesome, but I was disappointed in the way I kinda locked up on my tee shots, but that’s what the short game is there for, and fortunately it was good. It’s great to be in this spot again.”

Marc Leishman finished off his round with two eagles;

” I hit the ball well all day, hit a lot of fairway and was getting up and down for pars, which was good, and I think I birdied the par five, seventh, first birdie of the day, followed with another on eight, bogey nine, and a couple of eagles on the back nine was awesome. On eleven I was trying to drive it up towards that right bunker, pulled it a little bit, perfect, right in front of the green there about ten feet off the edge, easy chip, down grain. Like I said, it was an easy chip and held that. Another one on sixteen, I think about 245, hit a two iron to about eight feet, easy put, straight up, rolled that in and it was a good day. I drove it well and held the par putts that kept the round going, and I managed, obviously two eagles helped as well.”

Two of the bigger names in the field, Phil Mickleson and Ernie Els could only muster par rounds, and will be hoping to do better tomorrow on this par 70 lay-out. As they say in golf, you can not win a tournament on the first day, but you sure can lose it.

Phil was unhappy with his performance;

” I’m frustrated that I’m letting shots slide here or there and not capitalizing on some birdie opportunities. The course is in great shape. We had a perfect day. There was no wind. You couldn’t ask for a better day. There are some low scores out there and plenty of birdies. I didn’t take advantage of it. I had countless opportunities to roll some in and didn’t take advantage of them.”

Ernie was just happy to be back at the Byron Nelson again, it has been a while since he competed here;

” It’s been awhile. God, I went through the workout area yesterday and I was looking at the old pictures. It’s amazing how quickly time goes. In ’95 I won here, and I played it a lot in the ’90s, and because of that tournament in England that had it the same damn date for so many years, and we redesigned the course, so I had a commitment to go there. But I always wanted to come back here, and now that they changed the date in England, and I’m grateful for that. I’m back here.”

Ernie also feels that he could win here, he has been close to wining this year. He blames a wayward putter for not doing so when he had the opportunity;

” You know, I probably could have won three times already this year, Europe and two of them here. But the flat stick didn’t help me out, I’m working on that. I feel like I’m hitting the ball nicely, I’m healthy again, I had the flu for 10 days, so I feel a lot stronger, so I’m looking forward to this week.”