Todd wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

Byron Nelson Championship

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Brendon Todd celebrates after his victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving on May 18, 2014. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 18, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 8:13 PM

IRVING — The 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship produced another first-time winner on Sunday.

Brendon Todd — who was making his 77th start on the PGA Tour — won the tournament by two strokes. He became the 12th player to claim his first PGA Tour win at the Nelson.

"It was relieving, exciting... that's it," Todd said moments after his win. "It was an awesome week. I was grinding it really hard today, and it was really nice to get the monkey off my back."

Todd had a 3-stroke lead at one point, but held only a 2-shot lead down the stretch. A final round 66 helped him win by 2 shots at 14-under-par.

"Yeah, that's what made it so nerve-racking," Todd said. "All 18 holes, I had those butterflies going. I knew every shot was important, so I was grinding for those pars."

Todd had a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine and 1-under-par 34 on the back. He had a bogey-free round.

"All weekend, I felt some pressure," Todd said. "Friday I was pretty relaxed and going out there playing great with the 6-under."

Todd had not held a lead on the PGA Tour prior to holding sole possession of round two. He also had a share of the lead after round three.

Todd also became the eighth first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season. His win comes at the age of 28 years, nine months and 26 days, and will be fully exempt through the 2015-2016 season.

"Huge sense of relief," Todd said. "I just think it validates the hard work I’ve put in over the last two years, ten years."

Todd won the tournament on his fourth start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. His best finish before today was 17th. He had missed the cut twice before.

He's the ninth former Georgia Bulldog to win on the PGA Tour and the first to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Bubba Watson leads that group of players from Georgia with five career wins.

Todd said the biggest thrill of winning is getting into the Masters. "Definitely the Masters," Todd said. "I'm excited about going to Augusta.

2003 Masters champion Mike Weir finished second at 12-under-par after a 3-under-par 67.

"Brendon played well, and I'm happy with the way I played," Weir said. "I was definitely determined to try to win today. I can feel good about the way I handled things out there and the way I played."

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