Grading the Byron Nelson Championship
Brendon Todd is the latest in a long line of Georgia Bulldogs to win on tour but it was Mike Weir who stole the show.
Maybe it was because he hasn't had one since 2010, or maybe it was because the 44-year-old playing on the top-50-all-time-money exemption locked up his PGA Tour card for the 2014-2015 season, but there was an overwhelming sense that even though Todd won the tournament, it was Weir who owned it.
Mike Weir will earn $745,200 for solo second place. Playing on his final year-long exemption, he clinches his PGA Tour card for next season.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) May 18, 2014
The former Masters champ went out and shot a strong 67 that could have even been better. Weir birdied four of the first five holes and looked prepped to bury the field but he made three bogeys after that hot start and Todd never blinked.
"I played really good golf," Weir said. "Best golf I've played in a long time. [It was] probably better today than the other three days and it just shows you that the things you're working on your game, when they show up under the heat of competition and stress there that you're doing the right things."
Weir's last top 10 came in 2010 when the Humana Challenge was still called the Bob Hope Classic. He's currently ranked No. 609 in the world. This week was a turning point in what has been a long, illustrious career.
Weir has made over $25 million on tour. He's won the Masters and won eight times on the PGA Tour. He's no joke.
But in a strange way he needed this finish to somehow validate all of that to the golf world.
"It took me seven years out of college to get on the PGA Tour," Weir said. "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 pull myself out of things.
"This has taken a long time and it's only one week but this week was great and very statisfying. I look forward to the rest of the year."
He can look forward to the rest of next season, too.
Here are our grades for the Byron Nelson Championship:
|A||Brendon Todd is the sixth Georgia Bulldog to win on the PGA Tour this season if you count Patrick Reed as a Georgia Bulldog. That's incredible. Finish: Win|
|A||Dustin Johnson got hot early on Sunday and made you think he had magic in the bag. He was out of it, though, after a double bogey at the eighth hole. Still, was one of only seven golfers who shot every round in the 60s. Finish: T7|
|A||Another week, another top 10 finish for Matt Kuchar. It's become automatic at this point. He now has 10 in 14 events, three clear od the next closest gofler. Finish: T7|
|B||Louis Oosthuizen was in a great position to get his first win on US soil. Instead he shot a 74 on Sunday. Finish: T11|
|B||A Saturday 73 derailed Jordan Spieth. His best finish at this tournament remains when he played as a 16-year-old amateur. Finish: T37|
|F||Sang-Moon Bae couldn't come close to defending his title at this tournament. He went 73-74 and missed the cut by three shots. Finish: CUT|
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