This Week in Golf – May 23rd, 2011

Posted by Robert on May 23

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A Disney Ending for Toms

David Toms didn’t spend too much time feeling sorry for himself after he yipped a 3 footer to lose last week on the first playoff hole at The Player’s Championship.  He beat Charlie Wi by one stroke at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial after starting the week with back to back 62s; but squandering a 7 stroke lead shooting a 74 on Saturday.  His 67 on Sunday was enough to cap the storybook ending featuring an elated 13 year old boy.

His son, Carter, who was there last week with a consolatory embrace, bear-hugged the 44 year-old Toms after his first victory in five years.  David credits Carter for inspiring him to get his game back in shape after being plagued with injuries for the past few years.


After his heartbreaking loss last week his buddy Paul Azinger tweeted “in my 30 yrs on tour, David Toms hit more shots at the flag than any player I’ve ever seen.”  On a blustery Sunday in Ft. Worth, TX, Toms exemplified those sentiments when he holed an 83 foot pitch shot for eagle on 11 and never looked back.

Toms was the first player to win on the Tour after losing in a playoff since Phil Mickelson won the Colonial in 2000 after losing in a playoff at the Byron Nelson the week before.


Tiger Woods Falls out of Top Ten

The fall from grace continues for the once springy Tigger who fell out of the top ten for the first time since 1997.  That’s right 1997 when Slick Willy was president, Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” was on the radio, and Titanic was at the theatres.  For Tiger it would be a fertile frontier of Major Championships, million dollar sponsorships and Playboy centerfolds.


Pettersen Sniffles Her way to Victory

“Haaaatt CHUUU!”  It was an exciting championship match between Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr at the Sybase Match Play on a chilly Sunday in New Jersey.  “SNIF, SNIF, SNORRRRRT...” Pettersen who was suffering from a cold all week sank a 15 footer for birdie on the last regulation hole to win.

Kerr poured in her own birdie to stay alive on 17, a nice rebound for Cristie, whose putter abandoned her during a five-hole stretch where she missed several short ones that would have given her a commanding lead.


After the match Pettersen said, “I played welb even dobe it was cobe outsibe.”


Even the Kiddies Get The Yips

On the first playoff hole of the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am Sunghoon Kang yipped a short par putt to gift Garth Mulroy with his first victory in over two years.   Garth denied claims that he was shouting “NOOONAN!” during Kang’s putt.


Next Up:

The big boys stay in Texas for The Byron Nelson in Dallas.  It’s a tough track.  So tough in fact that Hunter Mahan who is from the area is opting out.  “I don’t like it tee to green, I don’t like the way the fairways are shaped…”  Wah Wah..  Jason Day won last year - barely keeping it together, bogeying 18 for his first victory.

The Senior PGA Championship is at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky.  No word if President’s Cup Capt. Fred Couples (and his ailing back) will be in the field.

Both Kerr and Pettersen will be in action again this week at the HSBC Brazil Cup in Rio De Janeiro.  (And I am volunteering to fly there immediately to cover this story in person.  I’m dedicated!)

The kidlets of the Nationwide are off this week.

Until next time, hit it, go find it, and then hit it again.


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