May 23, 2011 in Sports

Toms ends five-year drought at Colonial

 
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Victorious David Toms is hugged by his children Carter, 13, and Anna, 5.
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David Toms threw up both arms up in the air and a smile took over his face when he finally regained the lead at Colonial. This time, he didn’t let it get away.

A day after blowing a seven-stroke advantage to go into the final round trailing Charlie Wi by one, Toms made an eagle with a wedge shot from 83 yards at the par-5 11th hole Sunday at Fort Worth, Texas, to take the lead for good and went on to his first PGA Tour victory since January 2006.

The 44-year-old Toms closed with a 3-under 67 at Hogan’s Alley to get to 15 under. His long-elusive 13th career victory came a week after a playoff loss to K.J. Choi at The Players Championship, his sixth runner-up finish since last winning.

Wi shot a 69, ending up a stroke back for his fourth career runner-up finish without a win.

After that playoff loss at TPC Sawgrass, Toms had an opening 62 at Colonial for his best score in 429 rounds – since a career-best 61 during his last victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Toms followed with another bogey-free 62 to match the PGA Tour scoring record for the first 36 holes of a tournament (124). But the 2001 PGA Championship winner dropped a stroke back with a third-round 74.

Bo Van Pelt (65) was third at 10 under.

World Match Play

Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald the top spot in the world ranking, beating the fellow Englishman 2 and 1 in the final of the World Match Play Championship in Casares, Spain.

The second-ranked Donald could have risen to No. 1 for the first time, supplanting compatriot Lee Westwood if he’d won the tournament, but failed to find the consistent form that swept him to the final.

Poulter, who ousted Westwood in the last 16, was 1-down to his Ryder Cup teammate three times in the error-strewn match at Finca Cortesin, but won the 12th with a 45-foot putt and took Nos. 14 and 16 with birdies.

Poulter earned $1.14 million. He also won the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship last year in Arizona, an event Donald won this season.

In the semifinals, Poulter beat Nicolas Colsaerts in 19 holes, and Donald topped Martin Kaymer 5 and 3.

LPGA

Suzann Pettersen won the Sybase Match Play Championship at Gladstone, N.J., beating Cristie Kerr 1-up at Hamilton Farm to end a 20-month victory drought.

Leading 1-up and with Kerr facing a 10-foot birdie attempt, Pettersen curled in a left to-right 15-footer for birdie to seal the victory. The 30-year-old Norwegian star immediately thrust both hands skyward in celebration, took a few steps and staggered to her knees in exhaustion after playing four rounds in two days.

In the semifinals, Pettersen beat Na Yeon Choi 4 and 2, and Kerr edged Angela Stanford 1-up.

Choi beat Stanford 4 and 3 in the third-place match.


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