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SOUTHHAMPTON, Bermuda – Much was made of Ernie Els’ 41st birthday on Sunday and whether he felt it was too early for him to be inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame, but he wasn’t the only forty-something in the hunt at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Although David Toms – who turns 44 on Jan. 4 – finished a shot behind Els at the 36-hole event he said his play the last few months, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Wyndham Championship and a tie for third at the McGladrey Classic, was encouraging and that he’s not interested in looking forward to his golden years on the Champions Tour just yet.

“I think that's just our sport. The story was this year that the young guys are playing well, so many young guys. But guys with experience, a guy like Ernie, it paid off today,” Toms said. “For me, I feel really good about the way I've played the last month and a half or so. I feel like I'm getting really close.”