Toms Tries for Trifecta


The PGA Tour gets back the spotlight and some normalcy at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill following back-to-back weeks in the shadow of the WGC-American Express and the 34th Ryder Cup.
And with it, American David Toms returns home part of a disappointed United States Ryder Cup team, and will quickly have to lose the team concept in favor of the usual individualism that is the PGA Tour.
Toms, champion at Williamsburg, Va., in 2000 and 2001, will be looking to join a select and elite group of golfers to have won the same tour event in three successive years. Only 12 players in history have ever completed the feat, a list that includes Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Last week Justin Leonard had the same opportunity at the Texas Open, but failed to even make the cut.
Of course, many more plot lines will start to be played out over the next several weeks.
Since it is only the fourth regular season event left until the Tour Championship, the players at Kingsmill will be trying to bolster their chances of getting into the lucrative season-ending tournament.
Others have much more pressing matters.
Its not the luxury of playing in the Tour Championship to some, but rather the luxury of playing on the PGA Tour at all come 2003. The final push to crack the all-important top 125 on the money list and retain their privileges for next year is on the minds of quite a few in Virginia.
And as for this week at the Michelob Championship we will see who can, and cant, handle the once again bright spotlight.
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