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Toms to Miss First Three Weeks in 2004

David Toms went to three doctors before accepting the inevitable: bone spurs on his left wrist will require surgery and cause him to miss at least the first three weeks of the PGA Tour season.
Toms pulled out of the Target World Challenge next week in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and his agent said the surgery would be Dec. 9.
'It was a very tough decision,' David Parker at Links Sports said Tuesday afternoon. 'But once they evaluated what was going on, it was the right thing to do.'
Parker said Toms will miss the Hawaii swing -- the Mercedes Championships and Sony Open -- and probably the Bob Hope Classic. The former PGA champion is hopeful of returning to the Phoenix Open.
Toms is coming off a strong season, winning at the Wachovia Championship and St. Jude Classic and finishing eighth on the PGA Tour money list.
Parker said the bone spurs were rubbing against his joint, making it painful through impact on his golf swing.
'Nobody is more down in the dumps than David,' Parker said. 'He hates to miss those opportunities the first part of the year, and he plays Hawaii well. But he's got the Ryder Cup and a lot of other things in the long term. This was really the only option.'
Toms will be replaced in the Target field by Robert Allenby.
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