B.T. Wins in Big D
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/19/14



It is one thing for a golfer to hole out from a bunker — we see this happen reasonably often and rarely is it a lucky bounce.

But on the way to winning his first PGA Tour event on Sunday, Brendon Todd found himself in trouble at the 13th hole, having to chip left-handed next to a tree — with the back of an iron. He put it to within ten feet and saved par. At the 17th hole, Todd canned another par-saver, this time from 13 feet. In winning the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Classic, Todd shot a final round 66 to win by two strokes.

Is Weir back?

For the first time in 1,575 days, Mike Weir had a top-ten finish on the PGA Tour. About four years ago, Weir suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow after unexpectedly striking a tree root at Hilton Head. This past weekend in Dallas, Weir had the most success he has had in years; he was the 54-hole co-leader with the eventual winner, Todd.

But in the process of getting birdies at 1, 2, 4, and 5 on Sunday, the 2003 Masters champion nearly aced the second hole. He did suffer three bogeys against two birdies the rest of the way, but that was good enough for a 67 and a solo second-place finish. He has made only eight of 11 cuts, along with a WD in San Diego. Weir's only other top-ten finish this season is a T-8 at the unofficial Franklin Templeton Shootout. He isn't all the way back, but Weir knows this is a major step forward:
"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."
Let's hope that, with glowing hearts, we see this son of the True North rise again, winning far and wide.

In the meantime, we tip our proverbial hat to University of Georgia graduate Brendon Todd for surging into the winner's circle.


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