SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Brendon Todd birdied his last four holes Friday for an 8-under 63 and a share of the lead with Harry Higgs and Scottie Scheffler after the second round of the PGA Tour’s inaugural Bermuda Championship.
Todd finished on the front nine at hilly and breezy Port Royal Golf Club, also birdieing Nos. 2 and 4. Higgs shot a 65, closing with a birdie on the par-4 18th. Scheffler, the first-round leader after a 62, had a 69. They were at 11-under 131.
“It’s one of the shorter ones we play on the tour and it forces everybody to hit the ball with the same clubs off the tee,” Todd said. “The good thing about that for me is, I’m hitting the same clubs into the greens as everybody else and for some reason that tends to work out well in my favor. So, the course is good for me, for my game, and I’ve been swinging well.”
Todd won the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. He regained his tour card in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
“Having more full status again this year, the goal really is to get in contention as many times as I can and get another win because that’s the easiest way to keep your card, get back to where I want to be, which is playing in the big events,” Todd said. “I think this is a good opportunity for us to come out here and get in contention and practice a little bit, see what that feels like.”
Higgs and Scheffler each won last season on the Korn Ferry Tour.
“I didn’t have my best stuff today,” Scheffler said “I didn’t really. My swing didn’t feel too good, didn’t really make a lot of putts, but still shot 2 under. Hung in there pretty well and posted a decent number, so in good position going into the weekend.”
Higgs, Bryson DeChambeau’s teammate at SMU, is the only player without a bogey the first two days.
“I’ve had a good progression from Latin America to a good year on the Korn Ferry Tour, and now it’s just kind of seeing how my game stacks up,” Higgs said. “I’ve had good enough results to where I think it certainly does. And this will be nice, this is my sixth event, to at least have a decent chance of winning to kind of really see how you stack up, see how well you can think, how well you can manage all the other non-golf stuff.”
Aaron Wise (65), Boo Weekley (66) and Wes Roach (69) were a stroke back.