No Tears Just Hope

By Randall MellMay 16, 2011, 3:15 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Carter Toms was certain his father’s last putt at the 17th island hole was going to extend Sunday’s playoff at The Players Championship.

Behind the green, David Toms’ 13-year-old son held his breath.

“I was a little bit nervous, but I had a feeling he was going to make it,” Carter said. “I had a really good feeling, but it didn’t go in. You know what, though? It was still a really cool day. It was a lot of fun watching dad play today.”

After David missed that last 3 1/2-foot putt to lose to K.J. Choi, Carter put his right hand over his face and buried his head in his mother’s shoulder, but there were no tears.

Afterward, Sonya, David’s wife, got a heartfelt hug from Candie Clark, wife of 2010 Players Championship winner Tim Clark.

“Such a heartbreak,” Sonya told Candie. “Such a heartbreak.”

There were no tears in Sonya’s eyes, either. Or even in the eyes of little Anna, the Toms’ youngest child. That’s because Sunday’s loss wasn’t a crushing defeat for the Toms family. It didn’t break anyone’s spirit or

The Players Championship
Toms has 12 PGA Tour titles, but hasn't won since 2006.
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dash a larger dream. It didn’t feel like it was a devastating setback at all.

While this loss came with a sting, to be sure, something else swept in quickly behind it.

There was a wave of hope and encouragement. The entire family felt it.

The weekend run was a sign that Toms is pointed in the right direction again, that something big may be on the horizon with his ball striking returning to world-class form and with the PGA Championship returning to the Atlanta Athletic Club this summer. That’s where Toms won his lone major a decade ago.

When Toms gets hot, he can knock down flagsticks with the world’s best. He can drive his ball through tiny corridors. He can win in bunches.

But at 44, with back, shoulder and wrist injuries behind him, with a heart ailment in his past, Toms hasn’t won anything in five years.

This loss showed the world a new spark the entire family is seeing in Toms’ game.

It was fitting that Sonya flew here with Carter and Anna on Friday night, because David’s resurgence is very much a family affair.

David spoke early in the week about how he’s inspired by Carter’s growing interest in the game.

“I can see that,” Sonya said. “I see can see that at home when they’re going to the golf course together. I see how it’s helping David get excited about the game again.”

David said he’s playing more golf when he’s back home in Shreveport, La., because he’s having so much fun teeing it up with his son. Carter, who has just started playing local junior tournaments, is beginning to break 80 with some consistency.

“It’s funny, when I’m picking out my outfit for the next day, he’s picking out his outfit for the next day,” David said. “Those young kids look up to the young guys out here on Tour, and he follows it all the time. It’s on his phone. It’s on his computer. He’s watching the Golf Channel all the time.”

David has won 12 PGA Tour events, but his last was the Sony Open in 2006. When David won the PGA Championship, Carter was just 3 years old.

“When I was really winning a lot of tournaments, he knew about golf and he was around some, but he didn’t play it and wasn’t into it,” David said. “Now, he is. It would have been nice to win for him today.”

Carter walked the entire round with his father.

“If I were to make a bogey, or hit a bad shot, you look over and you see him in the crowd, and it just kind of put a smile on your face and puts it all in perspective,” David said.

Sonya left the course more focused on how David got up and down from a divot to make birdie at the 72nd hole to force the playoff than she was about his missed putt at the end. The clutch 17-foot birdie David made sent a chill down her spine.

“It really reminded me of the putt he made to win the PGA Championship,” Sonya said. “It was surreal.

“The loss is kind of hard, but he’s playing some good golf. It was uplifting to see that. He’s been so close. I think it’s just a matter of time until he wins again. There were a lot of good things to take away from this week”

That’s why you didn’t see any tears in this loss.

With Toms’ history of riding hot streaks, Toms looked like a man who might be catching fire again.

'I think I'm going to win again soon,' he said.


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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Finances


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.