Todd claims 2nd straight victory at Mayakoba

Brendon Todd won the Mayakoba Golf Classic by one stroke on Monday to become the PGA Tour’s first back-to-back winner since Bryson DeChambeau in 2018.

Todd carded a 3-under 68 in the final round to finish at 20-under (264), one better than Vaughn Taylor, Adam Long and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz.

Play had been suspended due to darkness Sunday night with 12 players remaining on the El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

By following up his victory at the Bermuda Championship (Oct. 31-Nov. 3), the 34-year-old Todd climbed to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings.

“It’s incredible,” Todd told Golfweek. “I’m just overcome with emotion right now. The whole final round was much more nerve-wracking than Bermuda.”

Back from the deep

A year ago, Todd had missed 37 of 41 cuts on the PGA Tour and was contemplating a career change.

“It is so surreal,” Todd said. “I’m enjoying it and I’m just going to keep grinding.”

Todd and Taylor were tied at 20 under through 14 holes when play was suspended. Todd took the lead with a birdie at the par-3 15th hole. Both players bogeyed the par-4 16th and parred the last two holes, posting identical rounds of 68.

Long and Ortiz both finished with rounds of 5-under 66. Long played a bogey-free final round, while Ortiz overcame a double bogey on the first hole.

“The roars from the @MayakobaGolf gallery is something I will never forget!,” Ortiz tweeted. “Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me all week!”

Harris English, attempting to become the event’s first two-time champion (2014), double-bogeyed the par-4 16th to finish with a 1-under 70 and a solo fifth-place showing at 17 under.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 eighth hole Sunday en route to a 9-under 62. He finished in a tie for 14th at 12 under.

After rain and thunderstorms wiped out Thursday’s opening round, tournament organizers attempted to play the final two rounds Sunday, with threesomes teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10. The last Monday finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was in 2015, when Graeme McDowell beat Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event this year, with the final tournament later this week at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)