When PGA golfer Brendon Todd tees up on Pinehurst No. 2 on June 12, it will be a familiar area. The Pittsburgh native played for Green Hope High School in Cary, a little more than one hour away from Pinehurst.
Todd excelled at Green Hope, winning the North Carolina High School 4-A individual championship in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
After graduating from Green Hope, Todd starred at the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 2007.
But the professional tour has been tough on Todd at times. After turning pro in 2007, he struggled with consistency. In 2008, Todd finished in the top 10 of the Web.com Tour seven times, including a win at the Utah Championship.
Todd wouldn't see another Web.com Tour win for five years.
In 2009, Todd played in 21 events on the PGA Tour, making the cut in only five of them.
His poor play continued into 2010. Todd played in 13 events on the Web.com Tour, and missed the cut every time.
Through May 29 of 2014 however, Todd ranks ninth in the FedEx Cup standings, 57th in the world, and has his first PGA Tour win under his belt.
He just finished in a tie for eighth in the Memorial on June 2, shooting 8-under for the tournament.
What does Todd contribute to the turnaround? It may be friend and golf instructor Bill McInerney Jr.
McInerney told the Boston Globe that the two have been working together for about two and a half years now.
After grabbing his first PGA Tour win at the HB Byron Nelson Championship, Todd said in a press conference that McInerney helps him with the mental aspect of golf.
"I try and stay relaxed," Todd said, "focus on my breathing, and try and not think about much except for what I'm doing at that time. That seems to help."
The approach appears to be working. With 18 events played, Todd has made the cut 15 times, finishing in the top 10 four times, including his past two tournaments. After finishing tied for fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May, Todd qualified for the U.S. Open. It will be his first major event.
With this success Todd has earned a PGA Tour exemption through the 2015-2016 season.
Todd told Golf.com that the stability he now has is amazing.
"I'm excited about the relief," Todd said. "I finally have a chance to play the PGA Tour for multiple years."
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