Brendon Todd celebrates his 1st PGA Tour victory at the HP - Byron Nelson Classic
Irving, Texas - Brendon Todd led the field all week in scrambling, and Sunday he proved it again.
During his final round 66 on Sunday, he holed out a bunker shot and chipped left handed with a
4 iron to save par on another . . . even Todd himself was impressed: "I have a great shortgame,
and even I'll say it was special this week." Todd finished at -14 for a one shot win over Canadian
Mike Weir (who shot 67 on Sunday).
After success on every other level, Brendon Todd finally saw his dream come to fruition: "I drew on
those experiences and none of them were as nerve-wracking as this one," Todd said. "I couldn't
explain how I felt on the back nine today."
The crowded leaderboard didn't produce a clear cut front runner, veteran Mike Weir looking for his
first victory since the 2007 Frys.com (at Grayhawk in Scottsdale) was able to challenge early on,
making four birdies in his first five holes, but a few bogeys mid round were the difference. "I was
definitely determined to win today," Weir said, "but I feel goood about the way I handled things out
there and the way I played. Gave myself a couple of good looks coming in and just wasn't meant to
be . . . but I'm happy with today."
Charles Howell III and Mark Leishman finished tied for 3rd at -10.
Kenny Perry wins the Regions Tradition - his third major championship on the Champions Tour
Birmingham, Alabama - Kenny Perry's steady play Sunday was enough, his even par 72 held off a field that
wasn't doing much to challenge his lead at Shoal Creek, finishing at 7 under par (281).
"I was leaderboard watching and nobody was really running, so I knew par was a good score," Perry said. I
was just trying to stay away from the bogeys. I bogeyed the first hole right out of the gate and then birdied
the third to get it back, and then just kinda hung in there. I plodded along, hit lots of fairways, lots of greens
and just stayed patient. It told me I could hit the shots under pressure, and great shots," he said. "I killed a
drive on 18 and hit prettiest 9-iron. It came in on the flag and spun to the left when you needed to do it. A lot
of times you think, All I've got to do is make par to win the tournament and you'll make a five quicker than you
can blink an eye.
Mark Calcavecchia who shot 70 Sunday finished a shot back at -6. Tom Lehman, Jay Haas and Olin Browne
were another shot back at -5.
Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrates his long awaited win at the Open De Espana.
Girona, Spain - In his 27th attempt, Miguel Angel Jimenez outlasted Richard Green and Thomas
Pieters in a playoff to win the Open De Espana at PGA Catalunya Resort. The leaders all struggled
coming in. Richard Green seemed to be in control until a triple bogey seven on the 14th, but he
held it together coming in to finish at -4 and had wait to see what Jimenez and Pieters would do
on the home stretch.
Jimenez shot a Sunday 73, and Thomas Pieters who led after 54 holes faltered early, and shot 75
. . . but an eagle late in the round put him back in contention. In the playoff, Pieters missed the green
short and failed to get up and down when his par putt lipped around the hole. Richard Green went long
on his aproach and also failed to convert his par. Jimenez nearly holed his chip from just off the back of
the green, and tapped in to extend his streak as the oldest winner in European Tour History at 50 years
"There's no words to describe what it means to me, you nn The European Tour and 27 times I played
the Spanish Open. I have been close a couple of times. Toeed to be into my skin but I'm not going to
let you!" Jiménez said. "It's amazing. It's my 21st victory oday it was very tough out there but I got it in
the end. "All the victories are special, all are unique, some of them give you more money, some less, but
all of them are important. You play to win and when you make it you have to appreciate it.
"I don't know if I felt nerves, but you do feel tension, you feel the pressure. For instance on hole 17,
when I saw his approach roll down the slope, those things cut my mind and take away the freedom from
my hands. I don't know if that counts as nerves, but as tension, yes." Asked the secret of his secret,
Jiménez said: "There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise!"