No Charity Needed Toms Takes Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 29, 2003, 4:00 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- David Toms fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday to win the St. Jude Classic at the TPC at Southwind. Toms finished at 20-under-par 264 and won by three strokes over a hard-charging Nick Price.
 
'It was pretty special for me to win here,' said Toms. 'I just have so many people that I'm friends with here, my golf teacher is here, and the place is pretty dear to me. It means a lot. It's more than just a regular tournament. It really does mean a great deal.'
 
Toms became the seventh multiple winner on the PGA Tour in 2003 after he titled at the Wachovia Championship in May. The win on Sunday was his ninth since joining the PGA Tour.
 
Bob Estes (65), Fredrik Jacobson (67) and overnight leader Richard S. Johnson (69) shared third place at 16-under-par 286. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen (68) and Ben Crane (67) tied for sixth place at minus-15.
 
Toms began the final round a stroke behind Johnson, a tour rookie who used to make his home on the European Tour. Toms' round did not get off to a great start as he nailed a tree with his tee ball and stayed in the left rough. He chipped out and failed to get up and down for par.
 
Toms sank a 10-foot birdie putt at two, two-putted from the fringe for birdie at three, drilled a 12-foot birdie putt at four and made it four birdies in a row with a tap-in birdie at five. That birdie stretch tied him for the lead at 16-under par.
 
The 2001 PGA Champion knocked a 7-iron to 15 feet to make birdie at the eighth and take sole possession of first at 17-under par. Price and Janzen reached 18-under par and Toms tied them in first when he holed a 12-footer for birdie at No. 10.
 
Toms birdied No. 12 but dropped a shot at 13 when his 8-iron sailed over the green. He had a difficult chip and ran it eight feet past the hole. Toms missed the par putt to remain tied for the lead.
 
Janzen fell down the leaderboard when he three-putted the 14th. Toms reached the putting surface at the par-3 hole with a 3-iron and holed an amazing 50-footer to go ahead by two strokes.
 
'That's one of those putts that I'll remember for a long time because in winning the golf tournament, that was a big part of it,' said Toms, who pocketed $810,000 for the win. 'That was a putt that I could have three-putted very easily, and to make it, that helped tremendously.'
 
Toms put the tournament out of reach at the par-5 16th. He knocked a 5-iron to 12 feet and drained the putt to get to 21-under par for the tournament, which was good for a four-shot lead over Price, who was in the clubhouse, and six over Janzen, who bogeyed 16 and 17.
 
Toms three-putted from 30 feet at the 17th green to drop his lead to three but it would not matter as Toms parred 18 to clinch the victory.
 
'I felt good about my chances just because I felt like I was playing well,' said Toms. 'I was playing better and better every day. Was I the guy to beat? I don't think I'd go that far, I just know that if I played my game I was going to be there in the end.'
 
Price fired a 62 on Sunday to go with a 65 on Saturday. The two-time former champion nearly missed the cut on Friday but put himself in good position to win, had it not been for Toms' outstanding play.
 
'I can't play much better than the way I played this weekend,' Price said. 'If I don't shoot 73 on Thursday, I'd probably have a realistic chance at winning.'
 
Johnson took a lot out of his closest chance at winning on the PGA Tour despite never matching his playing partner, Toms, in the final round.
 
'My goals for the beginning of the year was to win a tournament, and that's still what I'm going to try to do this year,' said the Swede. 'I'm very pleased how I performed overall over here, so it gave me a good confidence boost for the future.'
 
David Peoples finished alone in eighth at 14-under-par 270, followed by Hank Kuehne (66), Fred Funk (66), Jay Haas (68), Kirk Triplett (68) and Chris DiMarco (68), who tied for ninth place at minus-13.
 
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.