Week after tough loss, Toms wins Colonial
Sunday, May 22, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas — Five things you need to know from the Crowne Plaza Invitational, which David Toms won by one shot over Charlie Wi.
1. Redemption: Toms' victory, the 13th of his PGA Tour career, came one week after his disappointing loss at The Players. Toms missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to lose to K.J. Choi last week at TPC Sawgrass. Toms opened the Crowne Plaza with consecutive bogey-free 62s. He was seven shots ahead after 36 holes at Colonial.
“I’m going to need to go to my barber tomorrow to get some of this gray covered up,” Toms said. “It’s been a roller-coaster.”
The Crowne Plaza was Toms' first victory since the 2006 Sony Open.
2. Decisions, decisions: David Toms’ decision during The Players' final round to go for TPC Sawgrass’ par-5 16th in two may have cost him that title. He hit the 239-yard shot into the water en route to bogey. Laying up on Colonial’s par-5 11th on Sunday set up Toms' most important shot of the week. His wedge shot from 83 yards bounced once, landed just behind the pin and then rolled back into the cup. Toms was one shot behind Wi after nine holes Sunday, but gained three shots on the South Korean on the back nine's first three holes.
"When something like that happens, it's like it's meant to be," said Toms, who won the 2001 PGA after laying up from the rough on the final hole.
3. Second to one: The Crowne Plaza was the fourth runner-up of Wi's career. He was one shot back after making birdie on 16 and after Toms bogeyed No. 17, but Wi left his 44-foot birdie putt on No. 18 short.
4. Rotten apples: Stuart Appleby was 12 under and only one stroke behind the leaders when he teed off at No. 12. He played his final seven holes in 8 over par, including a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 14th. Appleby's 31-43--74 dropped him to 16th place.
5. De-FENSE: Defending champion Zach Johnson shot 65 to finish fourth. He's finished 6th-12th-4th in his past three starts.