Vaughn Taylor, Brendon Todd share Mayakoba lead ahead of Monday finish

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2019

American Brendon Todd, coming off a victory two weeks ago in Bermuda, fired a six-under par 65 Sunday to seize a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the US PGA Mayakoba Classic.

Thursday's washout meant the tournament was taken into a fifth day and left Todd returning to play the final four holes on Monday morning, where he completed a three-under 68 to end the week on 20 under.

Todd said: "I went out there and hit it well, shot nine under par with two bogeys".

With no margin for error, he made par on the last two holes. Todd promptly broke that tie with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 15 when play resumed, then held on for a one-shot victory at 20 under par over Taylor, Carlos Ortiz and Adam Long.

English made his second straight birdie to pull within one shot.

Taylor last won at Pebble Beach in 2016 when he beat Phil Mickelson.

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"I know my putter is good right now and just trying to lean on the putter", Taylor said.

Fleetwood only needed a par on the 18th hole in the playoff when Kinhult, who closed with a 68, missed the fairway and had to chip out sideways.

Fleetwood also moves up to second in the Race to Dubai rankings, with leader Bernd Wiesberger unable to wrap the title up with a week to spare after finishing in a share of third place with Thomas Detry and Jason Scrivener.

The battle to be crowned European number one will be settled at what promises to be a thrilling season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next weekend.

"I'm tied for the lead with three to play and excited about the opportunity".

The leading five players going into Dubai are Wiesberger, Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Matt Fitzpatrick.

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