by Jeff Skinner
It may have come a week later then he planned but David Toms finally got what he wanted today. Last week Toms missed a short putt on the first playoff hole of The Players to give the win to K.J.Choi. There would be no playoff today as Toms found his game at The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and finally won for the first time since 2006.
Early on at The Colonial it looked like Toms was going to run and hide after matching 62’s in the first two rounds. But he lost his game on Saturday, finished with a 74 and was one back of Charlie Wi at the start of the final round. The golfing gods smiled on Toms on the eleventh hole when his third shot bounded in the cup for an eagle. “”When something like that happens, it’s like it’s meant to be,” Toms said.
Last week Toms spoke of wanting to win again to show his teenage son, Carter that he still had it in him. Toms has rejuvenated his golf game since his son has started playing seriously and the past two weeks certainly show that his rededication has paid off. Toms pocketed $1.026 million for his second place finish at The Players. This week for his victory he takes home just a hair more, $1.1 million. So the Colonial doesn’t have the panache of The Players but don’t tell Toms that.
He got something in Texas that was within his grasp at Sawgrass but he just couldn’t reach. He finally got that hug with his son on the eighteenth green. The kid gets to see the “old man” win and you could see the emotion in Toms’ eyes. This win meant the world to him. And Carter Toms thought it was pretty cool too.