Todd fires 62 at RSM Classic, seeks 3rd straight win

Trying to win his third consecutive tournament, Brendon Todd shot an 8-under-par 62 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead at the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga.

Todd, a three-time PGA Tour winner who earned titles at the Bermuda Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic the past two weeks, has a 54-hole total of 18-under 194. Tied for second at 16 under are first-round leader Webb Simpson (63 on Saturday) and Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz (66).

D.J. Trahan is another stroke back after a 67 on Saturday.

Second-round leader Tyler Duncan, who posted a 61 on Friday, the low round of his PGA Tour career, finished with an even-par 70 and is in a tie for fifth place at 14 under with Ricky Barnes (67) and South Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee (66).

Todd started quickly on Saturday at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club with birdies on four of his first five holes en route to a 6-under 29 on the front nine. He added two more birdies on the back during his bogey-free round.

If Todd hangs on, he would be the first to win three straight starts since Dustin Johnson in 2017. Tiger Woods in 2006 was the last player to win three consecutive events on the PGA Tour calendar.

It would be a remarkable comeback considering the 34-year-old who joined the Tour in 2009 has battled problems with the full-swing yips in the past.

After climbing to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and earning $1,296,000 with his Mayakoba Golf Classic victory on Monday, Todd told Golfweek, “It’s incredible. I’m just overcome with emotion right now. The whole final round was much more nerve-wracking than Bermuda.

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

At one point from 2016 to 2018, Todd missed 34 cuts in 36 tournaments, and started the 2019-20 season with missed cuts in four straight events.

Simpson, a golfer also experiencing a resurgence who is 12th in the world rankings and is seeking his sixth Tour victory, had a bogey-free round Saturday with four birdies on the front and three on the back.

Munoz, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship in September, made four birdies without a bogey on Saturday.

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