David Toms recorded his first win since 2006 after gaining the lead at Colonial and making the winning shot. He met a close call the day before when he blew a seven stroke advantage on the way to the final round at the heels of Charlie Wi. However, he regained the lead with an eagle with a wedge shot at par 5 11 hole to gain the first spot, then closed with a 3-under-67 at Hogan’s Alley to get a 15 under for the title.
A week prior to this win, the 44 year old suffered a play-off loss to K.J. Choi at the Players Championship. This was his sixth runner-up finish since winning his last title.
“That just took a lot of guts, that’s really all,” he said. “That’s what I got by on today.”
This victory makes Toms the first golfer on the PGA Tour to rebound from a play-off loss in one week to winning the next play-off since 2000, aside from Phil Mickelson who also won at Colonial after losing in the Byron Nelson playoff. Wi opened the Sunday’s round with a lead of three strokes after consecutive birdies. Toms missed the two greens, but caught up after Wi missed the 13 under green and then two-putted from 13. Toms gained the lead with a wedge shot that sent the ball straight to the cup.
“When something like that happens, it’s like it’s meant to me,” Toms said after the shot.
The South Korean then blasted to 41/2 feet for a birdie putt but he was still a stroke behind. Toms increased his lead with a 5-foot-par after Wi hit a bogey on the fairway.