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Winners and losers from Byron Nelson Championship week

Shane Bacon
Devil Ball Golf

This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.

Winners

Brendon Todd — The champion is always going to make this list, but just look at the way he did it. Todd, a man that had never won on the PGA Tour before Sunday, almost looked like Retief Goosen during the final round of the '01 U.S. Open, scrambling his tail off around TPC Four Seasons on Sunday. Todd got his birdies early, making three on the front nine, added a fourth on 10th, and then made eight solid pars on his way in for his first career victory. It wasn't just the win that was impressive from Todd, but the clutch par saves he made on his way in to secure the victory and buck the trend of guys losing leads late on Sunday.

Mike Weir — Sure, Weir wanted to win, but his final round 67 was good enough for a solo second, his highest finish on the PGA Tour since 2009. On top of that, the finish moved him up 371 spots in the Official World Rankings, a huge jump for the former Masters champion.

Charles Howell III — A veteran at this point on the PGA Tour, Howell's final round 67 was good enough for a T-3, his sixth top-10 of 2014 and highest finish since his playoff loss at the Humana in 2013. Howell is one of those players that simply hangs around the PGA Tour, collects his handful of good finishes each season, and continues to hold one of the coolest jobs in the world. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

Miguel Angel JImenez — At 50, he became the oldest winner ever on the European Tour, but more importantly, we got this picture from Sunday at the Open de Espana, which is everything awesome about Jimenez in one capture.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez — Getty Images

Losers

Louis Oosthuizen — The final group on Sunday at the Byron Nelson included a man that had never won on the PGA Tour and a former major winner that is known to have one of the best golf swings in the world. We all know what happened with Todd, who went on to win, but it was Oosthuizen who struggled early and then made four bogeys over his final nine holes to post a 74 and drop outside of the top-10. Oosthuizen has now failed to break 72 on a Sunday on the PGA Tour since the HSBC Champions in November. 

David Duval — Face it, whenever Duval, a former No. 1 ranked player, fires a low round on the PGA Tour, fans are going to get excited. His Thursday 66 had us all thinking that maybe he could win again at 42, but he followed that great opening round with a Friday 76, not only plummeting down the leaderboard, but missing the cut at the Byron Nelson by one shot.

Brandt Snedeker — It's easy to say that Snedeker is in a slump, but the former FedEx Cup champion has just one top-10 this entire season on the PGA Tour, missing the cut this week at the Byron Nelson. Combine that with his recent struggles (a T-74 at the Heritage, and a T-48 at Sawgrass), and you can understand how hard it must be to maintain an elite level of play on the PGA Tour.

The 11th cup on Sunday — Honestly, this is just downright mean.

 

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Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or

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