SOUTHHAMPTON, Bermuda – For David Toms, Augusta National seems like a lifetime ago.
“After the Masters I thought I was done for the season,” said Toms who has been hampered this year by a right-shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Open Championship.
Three cortisone shots, a tie for 15th at the PGA Championship, two withdrawals and two scheduling conflicts later Toms now finds himself playing in the year’s most exclusive fourball at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
With his shoulder healed, or at least not hurting, Toms has finished inside the top 15 in four of his last six starts, including a tie for third last week at the McGladrey Classic, and when Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the Grand Slam Toms was put on the clock as a possible replacement.
Ernie Els, the first alternate among former major winners on a points list that is based on a player’s performance at the four majors, replaced Mickelson and when Retief Goosen and Zach Johnson (Nos. 2 and 3, respectively on the alternate list) declined their Grand Slam invitations, Toms was bound for Bermuda and is currently pacing the field following a first-round 67.
Not bad for a guy who thought he was done for the year just six months ago.