PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson - First Round

Brendon Todd plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. Yesterday he qualified for the US Open by shooting 10 under par.

Brendon Todd and Canada’s Nick Taylor each shot 10-under-par 131 on Monday to top the pack of 10 players who advanced to the U.S. Open from sectional qualifying in Dallas.

The event drew 102 players to par-71 Bent Tree Country Club and par-70 Northwood Club.

Also earning a spot in the U.S. Open was Canada’s Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion.

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Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz (8 under) and Argentina’s Julian Etulain (6 under) came in third and fourth, respectively. Weir tied for fifth at 5 under with Scottie Scheffler, Brian Davis and Australia’s Matthew Jones.

Three players finished the 36 holes tied for the last two qualifying spots at 4 under, forcing a three-man playoff. Charles Danielson and amateur Austin Eckroat edged out Dallas native Cody Gribble, who will be the first alternate.

Todd was cruising in his second round of the day until he triple-bogeyed the par-4 15th hole. However, he immediately bounced back to make eagle on the par-5 16th hole.

Taylor was steady in his two rounds, making 10 birdies and no bogeys.

The next sectional U.S. Open qualifier is scheduled for Kuwana, Japan, on May 27. Then on June 3, sectional qualifiers will be held in Surrey, England; Milton, Ontario; and eight spots in the United States: Newport Beach, Calif.; Streamsong, Fla.; Ball Ground, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Purchase, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Springfield, Ohio; and Walla Walla, Wash.

The 119th U.S. Open will be held June 13-16 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The reigning champion is Brooks Koepka, who shot 1-over par to win by one stroke last year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

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