David Toms Playing Better


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Since David Toms' ailing back's improved and he's quit focusing so much on getting longer, he's playing better.
Toms' swing coach, Rob Akins, believes Toms is in the hunt this weekend at The Players Championship partly because he's worrying less about his lack of power off the tee.
'David had been concerned about not hitting the ball far enough to be competitive with Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh and players like that,' Akins said. 'David is not short, but I told him, `If you just drive it in the fairway, as great an iron player and putter as you are, you will win a lot of tournaments.''
Toms leads the PGA Tour in driving accuracy this season, hitting 74.4 percent of fairways. He was 72nd in the category last year, 75th the year before that. He was among the straightest drivers in his best years, but . . .
'David has never led the driving accuracy category this late in the season,' Aikins said.