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Green Hope product Brendon Todd faulters put keeps focus on Ryder Cup

By Garrett Johnston
Correspondent

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Brendon Todd finished his third career major Sunday at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in 73rd place after a final round 4-over 75.

Although his game wasn’t as sharp as he would have liked, this stretch of golf in the next three weeks is vital if he is to have any chance of making the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“It was a learning experience for sure playing my first PGA, my third major I made another cut,” said Todd, who played at Green Hope High in Cary. “But I need to keep working on the short game.”

Todd also said he feels he needs to add more distance to his drives if he is to make sustained runs at titles the rest of this 2013-14 season.

Playing in his first three majors starting in the U.S. Open in June, the British Open in July, and concluding Sunday at the PGA, Todd said those new environments didn’t translate intoadded pressure.

“Not really for me, all these events were new,” Todd said. “I had never played the British, the US Open or the PGA so I was just going to all of these events somewhat as a rookie, and I treated them like that. I worked hard, tried to play my best, and we’ll see what happens.”

Todd actually held an early lead last Thursday during the first round on his front-nine performance but was not able to sustain it.

“I didn’t think much about it, I was just trying to play a good round and play well,” Todd said. “I just had a stumble every day and that dropped me and I was never able to claw my way back.”

Todd had his father Martin, wife Rachel, and her parents out in his gallery.

He will try to earn his way onto the Ryder Cup team over the next three weeks. However he will have to finish well in the upcoming FedExCup Playoffs in two weeks if he is to garner enough of captain Tom Watson’s attention to be chosen as one of three captain’s picks Sept. 2.

“I think of the guys who are not on the team I need to prove in the first two (playoff) events that I’m the best player that’s not on the team already,” Todd said. “I think the only way he’s going to pick a rookie is if that guy is playing the best of all the guys he can choose from. It’s a pretty tall task.”

This game is never easy but nonetheless Todd is enjoying a career on the world’s strongest tour.

“I look at my season as a huge success,” Todd said. “Obviously to get my first win (HP Byron Nelson Championship) is very important and playing my way into the FedExCup with good position at top 15 is a major accomplishment for me at this point. It’s overwhelming success, and I’m looking forward to a great FedExCup.”

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