Todd takes title after final round canceled at Stadion Classic at UGABrendon Todd won the Stadion Classic at UGA for his second career Web.com Tour win.May 05, 2013
By Joe Chemycz, Web.com Tour staff
ATHENS, Ga. – Brendon Todd earned his second career title Sunday when steady rains forced the cancellation of the final round of the Stadion Classic at UGA and the tournament reverted back to the 54-hole standings.
Todd’s 2-under 69 on Saturday moved him to 8-under 205, one stroke better than playing partner Tim Wilkinson and two in front of Nick Rousey.
Brazil’s Alex Rocha holed out his second shot for an eagle at the par-4 18th Saturday to finish at 5 under and in fourth place.
The University of Georgia Golf Course was deemed unplayable by tournament officials after more than 2 ½ inches of rain fell in the Athens area in a 24-hour period.
“I was ready to play today,” said Todd, who had not arrived at the course when he was notified of the results. “With all the rain we had and the water on the course it didn’t seem feasible that we would play. This is sweet. I don’t really care how I win.”
Todd, a 2007 UGA grad and former All-American, becomes the third consecutive Bulldog to win on the UGA course. He joins Russell Henley (2011) and Hudson Swafford (2012) as tournament champions.
“I think it has something to do with being comfortable out here,” said Todd, who helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA title in 2005. “You still have to hit all the shots but sometimes the shots are just more comfortable. I’m excited because I wanted to put my name on that list. It just makes it more special to get it done out here.”
Saturday’s third round was played in cold and rain and Todd had a feeling that Sunday’s round was in jeopardy if the rain persisted.
“I tried to treat it like a one-day shootout,” he said following play. “I knew there wouldn’t be anything bad that could come from leading after today (Saturday).”
Todd’s winning putt turned out to be an 18-foot birdie on the par-5, 17th. Wilkinson had a chance to tie with a 12-footer but missed.
Todd opened the door on the 488-yard, 18th hole when he three-putted for bogey, missing a 6-footer for par but Wilkinson failed to get up-and-down for par, missing his own putt from about 5 feet to tie.
“Missing that par putt was a bummer,” Todd said. “Tim had pretty much made every putt all day and I figured he’d make both of those putts. I figured I’d still be tied for the lead.”
The decision to cancel the final round came mid-morning, with light rain still falling in northeast Georgia.
“This was not a difficult decision,” said Web.com Tour Tournament Director Jim Duncan. “The course is completely unplayable. When you get a long, soaking rain like this on the clay, it basically becomes mush. There is not a tee on the golf course right now that’s playable, anywhere.”
Maintenance crews were doing their best to get the course ready but the rain proved too difficult to overcome.
“There are probably six to eight fairways that are really bad and there would be no relief,” said Duncan. “The guys would have to play it out of the water or drop it on a cart path.”
Duncan added that extending the tournament into Monday was not an option.
“The Web.com Tour regulations make it pretty clear what you can and what you can’t do,” he said. “We can’t purposely go into Monday on this Tour. You have to be able to start the round and finish it today.”
Notes & Quotes:
-- Todd earned his second career title in his 70th career start. He also won the 2008 Utah Championship.
-- Todd picked up a check for $108,000 and increased his season total to $143,528.
-- With the win Todd moved from No. 37 to No. 4 on the money list.
-- Todd’s statistics for the week: 28 of 42 fairways T24; 38 of 54 greens T13; 82 putts 6th
-- Todd becomes the second University of Georgia player from the 2005 NCAA Championship team to win on Tour this year. Former teammate Kevin Kisner won the Chile Classic in early March.
-- Runner-up Wilkinson matched his career-best finish this week. The only other time he finished second came at the 2005 Oregon Classic, which was also cut short to 54 holes because of rain on the final day. Wilkinson tied for second that week, three behind winner Jeff Gove.
-- Rocha’s solo fourth place this week gives him three top-5 finishes this season. He was T4 at the Colombia Championship and T5 at last week’s South Georgia Classic. Rocha, 35, jumped four spots on the list to No. 15.
-- Michael Putnam’s T5 finish this week gives him four top-10s in his last five starts. Putnam was T6 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, T10 at the Brasil Classic and T2 at last week’s South Georgia Classic. He moved up one spot on the money list to No. 9.
-- Edward Loar finished T18 this week and increased his lead on the money list. Loar’s season total is now $199,583, well in front of No. 2 Benjamin Alvarado’s total of $150,100. Alvarado missed the cut this week.
COURSE STATS FOR THE WEEK
Front nine (35) Back nine (36) Total (71) Round 1 35.814 36.397 72.212 Round 2 35.954 36.229 72.183 Round 3 36.532 36.855 73.387 Total 35.992 36.404 72.396
-- This week’s weather-shortened event marks the fifth time in the past 14 years that a Tour event has been cut to 54-holes but this is the first time that the final round did not get underway:
2011 Fresh Express Classic – April 17, 2011 – The start of the fourth round was delayed four hours because of heavy fog before finally starting at 1:30 p.m. The field had completed 7-16 holes at TPC Stonebrae when the fog rolled back into the Hayward, Calif. area and forced the cancellation of the round. Daniel Chopra was the 54-hole leader at 12-under par, one better than Luke List and Russell Knox.
2010 The Rex Hospital Open – May 23, 2010 – John Riegger collected his second career title without hitting a single shot in Sunday’s final round. Riegger’s 8-under 63 on Saturday gave him a five-stroke lead over Chris Nallen. The start of the final round at TPC Wakefield Plantation was delayed three hours because of heavy thunderstorms. Rain continued and Riegger was 15 minutes away from his 2:00 p.m. tee time when officials suspended play and the tournament was called.
2050 Oregon Classic – October 2, 2005 – Heavy rains in the Eugene, Ore. area forced tournament officials to halt play at 9:55 a.m. with only 26 players in the 66-man field on the Shadow Hills Country Club course. Jeff Gove was 15-under par and held a three-stroke advantage Jamie Broce, Kris Cox, Tim Wilkinson and Esteban Toledo after 54 holes.
2002 Tour Championship – October 27, 2002 – Patrick Moore was declared the tournament winner when rains halted the Tour Championship during the final round. All of the players were on the course when play was halted at 1:20 p.m. and officials determined the course was unplayable. Scores were wiped out and the tournament reverted back to the 54-hole standings, where Moore held a two-stroke lead over Steven Alker, Mike Heinen and Jeff Klauk.
-- The Web.com Tour will take next week off before resuming play May 13-19 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C.