Brendon Todd has been on the PGA Tour since 2009. But the 35-year-old isn’t as much of a household name as some of his contemporaries like Jordan Spieth or Brooks Koepka. Todd has persevered to last on the tour for over a decade. He recently had one of the most memorable moments of his career during the Players Championship — despite finishing tied for 35th at the event.
Brendon Todd’s PGA career has had ups and downs
Golf Digest details Todd’s golf career, which includes two times when Todd “returned from golf’s abyss.” In 2009, he finished his first season on the tour with 10 missed cuts. Then he missed the cut in all 13 events he started on the Nationwide Tour the following year.
When Todd reflects, he admits he “really lost it,” acting nervous and lacking confidence from the first hole “and from there it would be an all-day grind just to keep the ball in play.” He never lost his desire to play but questioned his future. After a mediocre 2011, “he found his form” and regained his PGA Tour card, then had two middling years.
Todd’s life changed in 2014 when he won the Byron Nelson Championship, his first PGA Tour win. After that, he entered another extended slump so bad he met with his financial planner to discuss the next phase of his life. Todd even considered opening a fast-food restaurant or getting a job in corporate America.
Todd stuck to it, though. He earned his next PGA Tour victory in 2019 at the Bermuda Championship, with his third career win coming just a couple of weeks later at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Todd has a memorable moment at the Players Championship
Fast forward to 2021 and the final round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, with Golf Digest recapping the action. Even though Todd was far down the leaderboard, there was a heated battle for the top spot. During that drama, Todd was on the 17, one of the most intimidating holes on the tour.
On the island par-3, Todd hit the ball off the wrong part of his club and shanked the ball, almost getting it on “that other island you see on TV.” Although it was probably an embarrassing moment for Todd during a dramatic part of the tournament, he reacted in a humorous way.
Todd immediately dropped his club and laughed after seeing where his ball was headed after shanking it. His reaction was probably helped by the fact that he wasn’t fighting for the lead at that point. Being down the leaderboard allowed Todd to be a little more loose and relaxed after the shot.
Other notable shots on the PGA Tour in 2021
Even though it’s still early in 2021, fans have already witnessed other notable shots on the PGA Tour. The most well-known involved Spieth, who made the shot all golfers dream of: a hole in one.
Golf.com recapped the rare feat, which happened during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, on the 222-yard, par-3 2nd at Bay Hill. The average tee shot on the hole the day before went 54 feet. But Spieth hit it all the way to — and in — the hole.
Then there is Bryson DeChambeau, whose notable shot was closer to Todd’s than Spieth’s. GolfMagic says he’s one of the game’s “greatest drivers of the ball” currently. But “he was made to look like a Sunday hacker” during the Players tournament when he topped his ball into the water 100 yards in front of him on the par-4 4th at Sawgrass.