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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship

Winner: Brendon Todd

Around the wider world of golf: We had quite a few firsts this weekend. Miguel Angel Jiménez become the first over-50 winner on the European Tour when he won the Open de España; Lizette Salas got her first LPGA win at the Kingsmill Championship (the Constructivist has details); Brett Drewitt won his first title at the Wuhan Open on the PGA TOUR China; and Max Homa got his first win at the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am. Also, Marcus Both won the ICTSI Philippine Open on the Asian Tour; Kenny Perry won his third straight Champions Tour major start at the Regions Tradition (but this isn't a first, as Gary Player has also won three in a row); Michael Buttacavoli won the Dominican Republic Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Bo-Mee Lee won the JLPGA's Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies (the Constructivist has details on this one too).

Brendon Todd

Nobody gave Brendon Todd much chance on Sunday. After all, he was tied with Open champ Louis Oosthuizen; Masters champ Mike Weir was right on his tail; and there were still more players like Gary Woodland, Graham DeLaet, James Hahn, Dustin Johnson, Boo Weekley, and Matt Kuchar waiting in the wings.

And Brendon had never led a tournament on the weekend until Saturday. He simply wasn't likely to win. It just made good common sense.

Which just goes to show how much good common sense means where golf is concerned. All Todd did was shoot a bogey-free 4-under 66 despite his lack of experience leading a tournament to win by two.

In addition, he gave us one of the coolest scrambling shots I've ever seen -- a chip played with the back side of a long iron (it's at the 1:35 mark in this video from PGATOUR.com):



Brendon Todd became the 8th first-time winner -- and 5th Georgia Bulldog (for those of you not up on your college teams, the 5th graduate from the University of Georgia) -- to win on Tour this season. Which also makes him the 5th Georgia Bulldog to get a Limerick Summary this season. I wonder if the colleges are competing to see who gets the most of these?
Inexperience proved no deterrent;
Though the pressure from chasers was urgent,
Brendon couldn’t be caught!
His pursuers all thought
They were up to the task… but they weren’t.
The photo came from this golfweek.com article.

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