Toms Defines Style


David Toms has style. Quiet style.
He has a wife who could model full time if she chose. He has a clothes contract that makes him look smart and rich.
And he wins on the golf course with style.
Im thinking of the 2001 PGA Championship where he produced a nifty hole-in-one with a 5-wood on Saturday at The Atlanta Athletic Club that portended a Sunday victory over Phil Mickelson. Then there was the almost preternaturally calm way he parred the 72 hole in that event by laying up with his second shot, wedging his third to 10 feet and making the putt as Mickelson helplessly watched.
Im thinking of last years WGC Accenture Match Play Championship where he quietly rode roughshod over a field of the worlds best players. His final round 6 and 5 clinic over Chris DiMarco was just part of the highlight reel. In fact, the argument can be made that Toms is Americas best match play player. He has finished in the top 10 four times in six appearances at the Accenture event. And he has won 18 of 23 matches during that span.
Im thinking now about the way he confidently stared down Chad Campbell Sunday to win the Sony Open in Hawaii for his 12th Tour victory. At 39 years of age it is not out of the question to suggest that David Toms career is on track to land him in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Toms began Sunday in a tie with Campbell who had blazed to a 62 Saturday. Toms had answered that with a tasty little 61 of his own. It was his lowest round ever on the PGA Tour. Not bad for a guy who had a surgical procedure on his heart late last year.
There should be no questions now about Toms heart now'medically or competitively.
He has a dreamy putting streak, is sneaky long distance off the tee and has a composure second to very few.
Add to this the fact that Toms is now freed up from duties on the Tours Policy Board. Joe Ogilvie replaced him January 1. This means, among other things, players with complaints must now go to Ogilvie or another board member. This means Toms, who was proud of his stint on the board, can now pay even more attention to his game.
A lot of people were paying more attention over the weekend to a rookie named Bubba Watson, who, with a driver in his hand, is longer than a summer night in Stockholm.
Toms quietly and methodically went about winning the golf tournament by putting four shots between himself and Campbell on the front side.
He won going away.
Does Toms wish he were longer off the tee like Bubba Watson, who, pretty soon, will be known to golf fans simply as Bubba?
Of course. Everybody does.
Im long enough that if I play well, Ill win my share of golf tournaments and have success, David Toms said late Saturday.
And he will do so with quiet style.
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