Todd lends advice to teenager Leseur
Brendon Todd refused to keep the spotlight on himself after winning the inaugural PGA Tour Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course at the weekend.
Instead, he shared some of his time on the podium to hail local amateur Kenny Leseur's “special accomplishment” of competing in the PGA Tour event at the age of just 15.
The International Junior Golf Academy student is the eighth-youngest player to compete in a PGA Tour event and the youngest to play at that level since Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang competed at the 2013 Masters, Zurich Classic and HP Byron Nelson Championship as a 14-year-old.
“That's a special accomplishment, something that probably nobody in this field has actually ever done,” said Todd, who secured a four-shot victory at the Bermuda Championship on Sunday. “He should definitely put a feather in his cap for that.”
The 34-year-old from Pittsburgh, who closed with a course record-equalling 62 in the final round, also offered Leseur some advice.
“I would just encourage him to pursue the game with passion because he loves it and, you know, try to maybe set some plans for how he wants to pursue his career,” Todd said. “If he wants to go play college golf or if he wants to turn pro, find a coach or stick with the coach you have and just stick with your process and go after it.”
Leseur produced rounds of 77 and 75, which left him at ten over, 152, 12 shots shy of the cut.
He secured his spot in the PGA Tour event after finishing tied for first with fellow qualifiers Michael Sims and Jarryd Dillas in a 36-hole qualifier also held at Port Royal last month.
Meanwhile, Todd's triumph at Port Royal was his first win since winning the 2014 AT&T Byron Nelson Classic. He finished at 24 under par to collect the winner's cheque for $540,000 and 300 FedEx Cup points.
As for his general impression of Bermuda, Todd said: “It's an amazing island out in the middle of the ocean that's not that difficult to get to. Worth the visit, the people are really nice, it seems very clean, there's lots to do in Hamilton, so really it's a special place.
“My parents honeymooned here and vacationed here at least once. I knew it was going to be nice when I came. I would say it actually exceeded expectations just by how clean and nice everything is here.”
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