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RIP Brendon Todd’s driver: He breaks it immediately after blasting ball OB off 14th tee

January 07, 2024

Kevin C. Cox

Brendon Todd was in the hunt at The Sentry after shooting 67-64 the first two rounds at Kapalua, but a third-round 73 moved him farther down the leaderboard heading into the final round.

The three-time PGA Tour winner bogeyed the opening hole of the final round Sunday, then went berserk with four consecutive birdies and seven birdies in a 12-hole span.

Then Todd stood on the tee of the par-4 14th hole tied for fifth place—only four shots off the lead—and hit his drive way, way right and out of bounds. He quickly threw his driver on the ground and the shaft snapped.


Todd reloaded and hit his second drive to the left side of the fairway, hit a wedge to 20 feet and two-putted for an untimely double-bogey 6. That dropped him down into a tie for 21st place with four holes remaining.

"Just sometimes you make bad swings," he said after shooting a final-round 70, having made another double bogey on the 17th hole, to finish tied for 33rd. "That's really all there is to it."

Todd collected two second-place finishes and seven top-10s last season to finish 47th in FedEx Cup standings, making him eligible for the signature events this year on the tour. But