Todd becomes new world champ |

Todd becomes new world champ

There is a new world order in disc golf.

Cameron Todd of Atlanta posted an eight-stroke victory over Steve Rico to win the weeklong Disc Golf World Championship in the men’s open division on Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.

Todd, a full-time touring professional, played his best golf of the week during the final two rounds on Sunday, according to the Web site The four-year pro earlier this year won three Super Tour events.

Rico of Sylmar, Calif. was the South Lake Tahoe’s 1999 Tahoe Daily Tribune Disc Golf Tournament champion.

Iowa’s Juliana Korver won her fourth straight women’s title, defeating Lesli Herndon by seven shots.

At the conclusion of the event, Brian “Guru” Hoeniger, the Professional Disc Golf Association administrator, announced his retirement.

The day may have also seen the end of the most dominant run in the sport’s history.

Ken Climo, who had won 10 of the last 11 world championships, finished tied for eighth. Climo hadn’t played many tournaments this season and has indicated he may be phasing himself from the game.

Geoff Lissaman of Grass Valley, Calif. finished tied for sixth and Orangevale, Calif. resident Harold Hampton was 11th.

There will be two more PDGA events held in the Tahoe area this summer. Disc-wood will be this weekend at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the Northern Nevada State Championships will be Sept. 8-9 at Zephyr Cove.

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