Brendon Todd wins Byron Nelson Championship

Brendon Todd, 28, wins the  Byron Nelson tournament for his first PGA Tour victory in his 77th start.

Brendon Todd, 28, wins the Byron Nelson tournament for his first PGA Tour victory in his 77th start.

IRVING, Texas — Brendon Todd was shocked when he saw his ball settled at the base of a tree by the 13th green in the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

As good as he is with his short game, it wasn't natural for the slender, 6-foot-3 Todd to set up left-handed and hit the ball with the back side of a 4-iron.

But Todd saved par at the 185-yard hole after knocking the ball to 7 feet, and he finished with a bogey-free 4-under 66 for his first PGA Tour win. Todd, tied for the lead after the third round, won by two strokes over Mike Weir (67) at 14-under 266.

It was the 77th tour event for Todd, 28, who twice in the past five years had to go back to the Tour to regain full playing privileges. With Sunday's win, he earned $1.242 million, a tour exemption through the 2015-16 season and a spot next year in the Masters.

"I'm excited about the relief — like, I finally have a chance to play the PGA Tour for multiple years," Todd said. "No. 1, going to Augusta for the Masters is a dream come true."

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, had his best tournament since finishing second to Dustin Johnson at Pebble Beach in 2009. "Best golf I played in a long time," said Weir, 44, who hadn't had a top-25 finish since 2010. That was the year he partially tore a right elbow ligament before a stretch in which he missed 17 cuts in a row, including all 14 tournaments he started in 2012.

Third-round co-leader Louis Oosthuizen shot 74 to finish at 6 under.

LPGA: Third-round leader Lizette Salas won the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., for her first tour title, finishing with par 71 for a four-stroke win at 13-under 271. In second were Yani Tseng (69), Lexi Thompson (69) and Sarah Jane Smith (66, the best round of the day).

Champions: Kenny Perry won his third tour major in the past year with a one-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia in the Regions Tradition at Birmingham, Ala. Perry, the third-round leader, closed with par 72 to finish at 7-under 281 while other contenders had up-and-down days and John Cook lost the lead with a double hit. Calcavecchia shot 70. Perry became the second player to win in three consecutive tour major starts, joining Gary Player (1987-88).

Cook's double bogey on No. 14 cost him the lead. His ball was buried deep in the right bunker just under the lip and appeared to ricochet backward before winding up a couple of feet out of the sand. Tour officials reviewed the bunker shot using phone video shot by an event staffer and determined Cook hit the ball again on his back swing. Cook declined a chance to review the video and said he hadn't been sure what happened. He finished with 72 and at 4 under.

Fred Couples was disqualified after missing his tee time. He was 9 over after 73 Saturday.

European: Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Spanish Open in Girona after a three-way playoff to become the tour's first winner 50 or older. Jimenez bettered his record as the oldest tour winner at 50 years, 133 days.

Jimenez (73) beat Thomas Pieters (75) and Richard Green (72) in a playoff after he was the only one to make par on the first extra hole. All three finished at 4-under 284. It was the first win for the Spaniard at the tournament in 27 appearances. "There's no words to describe what it means to me. You need to be into my skin, but I'm not going to let you," Jimenez joked.

Brendon Todd wins Byron Nelson Championship 05/18/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:20pm]

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