2004: PGA Tour - Toms returns to form in Memphis repeat
David Toms’ final-round effort at the FedEx St. Jude Classic May 30 wasn’t vintage Toms – he shot 73, the first time in a dozen rounds at TPC at Southwind he failed to shoot in the 60s – but at least it was a start. Over four days in Memphis, Toms showed flashes of brilliance that haven’t been there since his left wrist surgery in December, and the end result was a six-shot victory over Bob Estes.
“I just had to grind it all the way out,” said Toms, who had built an insurmountable 54-hole lead after rounds of 67-63-65. Toms finished at 16-under 268; Bob Estes (69–274) was the only other player double-digits under par.
“It was a tough day for everybody,” Toms said of Sunday’s high winds and difficult overall conditions. “I knew it would be tough for anybody to shoot a low score. I knew as long as I could hang in there and make a lot of pars, I’d be OK. In the end, it was good enough.”
Good enough for his 10th PGA Tour victory. Good enough to boost self-confidence that had sagged after he missed five cuts in seven starts. Good enough for back-to-back victories at the FedEx, where his last Tour victory came nearly a year ago.
With the victory, the 37-year-old Toms became one of only five players under 40 on Tour with 10 or more victories, joining Tiger Woods (40), Phil Mickelson (23), Ernie Els (13) and David Duval (13).
“Considering the injury I had, what I was trying to come back from, this means the world to me,” Toms said. “Thinking about it right now, it’s hard to put it into words, but I’m sure tonight when I’m laying in bed trying to get to sleep it’ll all come to me as far as what it really means.”
Estes pitched in for eagle at No. 16, then birdied the final hole for a 69 that left him alone in second. Steve Lowery (67) and Tim Herron (70) tied for third at 275.
Toms started the final round with a seven-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor and wound up matching Chad Campbell’s six-stroke victory at Bay Hill for the largest margin of victory in 2004.
“This does a lot for me, makes me feel a lot better about my golf game, about myself,” Toms said.