Brendon Todd Earns Victory at 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – Brendon Todd wrote the next chapter in one of golf’s great comeback stories by winning his second tournament in a row at the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic. Not long ago, the 34-year-old Todd was beset with the full-swing yips and outside of the top 2000 golfers in the world. Now, he’s joined an elite club of back-to-back winners, has fully exempt status, and sits atop the FedEx Cup rankings.
Todd finished one stroke ahead Carlos Ortiz, Adam Long, and Vaughn Taylor by one stroke after finishing the final few holes Monday morning. The week had a bit of an unusual feel to it as Thursday’s first round was washed out by massive amounts of rain in the previous days. As a result, the ball was played down all week but the golf course superintendent and greenskeeping staff must be commended for their work in getting the golf course ready for the players.
While golf fans and media love to get excited about the game’s up and coming stars and wonder when they will notch their first (or second) wins, the tournament served as a reminder that the PGA Tour has a much richer variety of stories to offer. Taylor and Harris English (solo 5th at -17) are two other veterans who will greatly benefit from their performances.
And though it’s early in the season, the tournament was also a big opportunity for many of these players to gain momentum and seize some valuable points in the FedEx Cup race. Last year’s winner Matt Kuchar ended up finishing inside the top 20 of the final points rankings.
Despite coming up a little short, Carlos Ortiz delighted fans in his home country and put forth the best finish in his PGA Tour career. Other players who had positive performances include PGA Tour rookie Robby Shelton and Joel Dahmen (both T6, -15).
Next week, the PGA Tour heads back stateside for the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia. Last year’s champion, Charles Howell III will defend his title there alongside top players including Si Woo Kim, Kevin Kisner, and rookie of the year frontrunner Scottie Scheffler.
Brendon Todd What’s In The Bag
3 wood: TaylorMade M5 15° (UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 8X)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw 50°, 54°, Fourteen Prototype 60°(True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400, KBS Tour)
Putter: SIK Pro C
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x