Trouble with Agent Troubles Toms
'I don't like controversy,' Toms, a Shreveport native, told The (Shreveport) Times. 'I like people to get along, things to be smooth - that's the way I try to live my life. Any time it's not that way, mentally, it's taken its toll the last six weeks or so.'
A message left for Toms' agent, David K. Parker, was not returned.
The lawsuit was filed in the 1st Judicial District Court in Shreveport last week. The 13-page suit claims Parker and his company, Links Sports Management Group - based in Plano, Texas - have not accepted a termination of contract letter sent from Toms sent April 15.
The contract in question began in 2002 and was scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2006. According to the suit, the contract was to be automatically renewed unless either party gave written notice no less than 60 days prior to the end of the contract.
The suit claims breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty - not looking out for Toms' best interest - and seeks the termination of the contract and compensatory damages with interest.
Links has also demanded a 20-percent commission on all of Toms' accounts, including endorsement deals that predate his deal with the company, according to the suit.
'This is something I can hope I can get behind me quickly,' said Toms, who is represented by Shreveport's Robert Dunkelman. Dunkelman could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
'It's part of getting closure,' Toms said. 'This has happened to other players, it's not the best thing, but it's the best thing for me. Hopefully this will speed up the process.'
Toms also alleges in the suit that Links failed to give him a check it received from one of his sponsors.
Toms' play on the PGA Tour has suffered since the problems with Parker and Links arose.
'It's been going on since about the TPC (March 21-27),' Toms said.
Before The Players Championship, Toms had a streak of four straight top-five finishes, including a victory at the World Match Play. Since his tie for fifth at the Honda Classic on March 13, Toms has failed to record a finish inside the top 33 and has missed three of the last four cuts.
'Physically, I haven't been playing well. If I was playing great golf I would think this is just something going on the side,' Toms said. 'Can't really use it as an excuse. I haven't played well. Has it taken away from my preparation and my focus? Probably so.'
Parker is the third agent of Toms' career and the two have done business since the late 1990s.
'The successful part of my career -- he's been the only one,' Toms said.
Toms is not in the Byron Nelson field this week, but does plan to return to action at next week's Bank of America Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia
Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.
Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.
Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.
It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.
The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.