Déjà vu all over again for 2001 PGA champ


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – David Toms was feeling a decade’s old mojo in his Saturday round at the PGA Championship.

When he won 10 years ago, he aced the 15th hole with a 5-wood in the third round. He couldn’t help thinking about trying to do the same thing this year with a 4-iron.

“I walk up to 15, and there's the plaque [commemorating the ’01 ace], standing right next to where we were teeing off, and people were saying stuff in the crowd about doing it again,” Tom said. “You flashback to this time, or this week, 10 years ago.”

Toms didn’t hit the 15th green Saturday, leaving his tee shot short, but he made par.

With a 5-under-par 65 Saturday, Toms moved to 2 under for the championship. He was three shots off the lead when he signed his scorecard. Ten years ago, he entered the final round with a two-shot lead.

“A lot of memories for sure, but the golf course is different,” Toms said. “The golf course is much more demanding, so I have to play extremely well.”

Toms birdied the 18th hole for the second time this week. He’s played this brutal hole in 2 under for the week. It is, of course, where he won the ’01 PGA by laying up.