Toms Wins at Colonial

23 05 2011

A big congratulations to David Toms, who won the Crowne Plaza Invitational Sunday (May 22) at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

Toms, who won his first PGA TOUR event in the Quad Cities in 1997, shot a final round 67 to win by one stroke over Tour veteran Charlie Wi. Toms’ victory came seven days after he lost a sudden death playoff to K.J. Choi at The Players Championship.

The victory was the 12th of Toms’ 22-year PGA TOUR career and the first for the 44-year-old Louisiana native since he won the Sony Open (now Hyundai) in January 2006.

“It just took a lot of guts,” said Toms, who opened the tournament with a pair of 62s but gave up the lead to Wie after shooting a third-round 74. One of Toms’ key shots Sunday was a pitch-in eagle on the 11th hole.

Toms owns one major championship – the 2001 PGA – and is a three-time Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team member.

Meanwhile, Crowne Plaza at Colonial defending champion Zach Johnson finished solo fourth after shooting a final round 65, giving him five straight rounds in the 60s. The longtime John Deere Classic executive board member’s final round 66 at last week’s Players Championship moved him in to a tie for 12th at that prestigious event.

Also, 2006 John Deere Classic champion John Senden finished in a two-way tie for eighth.

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SIX FORMER JOHN DEERE CLASSIC CHAMPS VIE FOR MASTERS GLORY

6 04 2010

Looking over this year’s Masters’ field with a decidedly local interest in mind, a John Deere Classic lover can’t help but notice that six former John Deere Classic champions are in the field this week at Augusta National.

First and foremost, of course, is 2009 John Deere Classic champion and No. 2-ranked player in the world Steve Stricker. The soft-spoken 42-year-old veteran from Wisconsin was set to play a practice round Tuesday with Tiger Woods, who has emerged this week from his self-imposed five-month exile. Stricker has struggled with his game the last couple of weeks after starting the season out strong. He is looking for his first major championship.

Also in the field is 2008 JDC champion Kenny Perry, who last year lost a sudden death playoff at the Masters to eventual champion Angel Cabrera. Now the 19th-ranked player in the world, Perry would dearly love to win his first major this week on American golf’s most hallowed grounds.

Australia’s John Senden, who won the 2006 John Deere Classic, is in the Masters again this year for the second time. He played at Augusta in 2008 but missed the cut and is hoping for better results this time. His career took off after his victory at TPC Deere Run.

2005 John Deere Classic champion Sean O’Hair, the 20th-ranked player in the world, is in the Masters for the fourth time. Last year, he finished in a tie for 10th at the Masters after posting three rounds in the 60s. The native Texan who now makes his home in suburban Philadelphia won the Quail Hollow Championship last year and had a career-best nine top-10 finishes. O’Hair ranks among the top young American players in golf and is trying to make his first Ryder Cup team this year.

Vijay Singh, who won the 2003 John Deere Classic in a Monday morning finish, is back at the Masters for the 17th time. He won at Augusta in 2000. Singh has battled injuries, but is always a threat at the big tournaments.

The sixth champion in the Masters is David Toms, who won at Oakwood Country Club in 1997, it was his first PGA TOUR victory.  Toms won the 2001 PGA Championship and has been a member of  three Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.  Toms has 12 career PGA TOUR victories.  2010 will be Toms’ 12th Masters apperance.

For more information on what’s happening at The Masters, visit masters.org.