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Brendon Todd secures maiden win at the Byron Nelson Championship

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Brendon Todd secured his first victory on the PGA Tour with a magnificent display at the Byron Nelson Championship.

The American, who turned professional in 2007, had been in contention since day one to claim his maiden triumph and he did so in fine style – holding his nerve on the closing day to secure the title.

Todd went into the day with a share of the lead, alongside the much more experienced Louis Oosthuizen, but whilst the South African dropped away, Todd remained consistent and played the same golf that put him into that position in the first place.

Indeed, you wouldn’t have guessed that this was unprecedented territory for the 28-year-old. He dealt with the occasion like an experienced winner and was remarkably nerveless and resilient on the final day.

His round, in the end, was faultless. Todd went round the Texas course in a score of a four-under-par 66, his second best score of the week.

The most staggering thing about it was his composure, though. There were no bogeys, no mistakes, just ruthless efficiency on display.

Todd made birdie on the second and the fifth to allow himself to dream and whilst many would have choked in these pressurised circumstances having never experienced them before, Todd just continued his momentum.

He made further shots at the ninth and the 10th before closing out his round with eight successive pars to secure the title.

In the end he had room to spare, to, finishing the day two shots clear of Mike Weir who climbed the leaderboard into second place on Sunday with a score of 67.

The Canadian may look back on it as a missed opportunity, though. He started the day by making four birdies in the first five, but could not maintain that standard for the rest of the round. Bogeys came at the sixth, ninth and 15th and, despite two more birdies, he could not close the gap on Todd.

The rest of the field were considerably further back. Tied third required a score of 10 under par, which was reached by Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman.

Paul Casey and Oosthuizen may be another couple of golfers questioning what might have been. Casey equalled a course record by shooting a score of 27 on the back-nine on Friday, but his final two rounds – of a collective one-over-par - ruled him out of contention.

Oosthuizen, on the other hand, went into the day with a share of the lead and full of confidence, saying he was playing without physical pain for the first time in a long while, but his round of four over on the final day cost him the chance of ending his long title drought.

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