Tag:David Toms
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:19 am

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Luke Donald takes a drop during his match against Ernie Els. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

Unlike March Madness, the Accenture Match Play is easily the biggest toss up in sports. Rankings? They’re meaningless, and anything can happen. That said, we give you our five biggest upsets of the first round of play. 

Ernie Els defeats Luke Donald -- It wasn’t that Donald was a top seed and Els came in the rugged vet holding a 16 seed, but it was a guy most had forgotten about beating the defending champion and world number one in the world! Els played great, and could definitely make a run here after gaining some confidence by smoking past Donald 5 and 4. 

Miguel Angel-Jimenez defeats Sergio Garcia -- Most thought Sergio, coming off a final round 64 at Riviera to tower up the leaderboard, would be a good pick to possibly upset Rory McIlroy in their side of the draw, but he couldn’t even get out of the first round, falling to his fellow Spaniard. The bright side of things? At least his blue shoes looked good.

David Toms defeats Rickie Fowler -- No, the seeds weren’t far apart (No. 8 vs. No. 9), but Toms openly admitted he hasn’t spent much time on his golf game. That didn’t stop him from taking out fan-favorite Fowler 1-up and giving himself a shot at Martin Kaymer in the next round. 

Ryo Ishikawa defeats Bill Haas -- It isn’t easy coming to an event like this after a gutsy win like Haas had last week, but it seemed like he’d roll Ishikawa after being 3-up with five holes to play. Ryo won four of the next five holes and advanced in the one PGA Tour event he seems the most comfortable in. 

Sang-Moon Bae defeats Ian Poulter -- There aren’t a lot of guys you’d call match play specialists, but Poulter is one of them, so to have him fall to such an unknown like Bae is a head-scratcher.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:00 pm

Toms finds rare comfort in victorious haunts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The way things have gone at venues where David Toms has won, the city of Charlotte ought to feel fairly nervous as far as their future on the PGA Tour radar screen.

The 2003 winner in Charlotte, Toms shot a 6-under 66 in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday, then spent a few minutes talking about how several of the 11 other events he has won are now defunct.

Let's see, he won the Sprint International, Buick Challenge, twice won the Michelob Championship -- all of which no longer exist. He won the Accenture Match Play at La Costa, which was ditched as a host venue. He also has two wins in Memphis, which hasn't had a title sponsor for several years and has been propped up on wobly legs by the tour.

"They've taken most of the events away that I've won, so there's not very many of them left, and this happens to be one of those, and a really good one," the 44-year-old veteran laughed. "It's a tournament everybody comes to, always has a great field, so you have to beat good players in order to win this event."

He did that in the inaugural Quail Hollow event, running away with it until he made a sloppy eight on the last hole to make it look misleadingly closer than it ever was. He has won three tournaments since but hasn't hoisted a trophy since January of 2006, partly because of a series of nagging injuries that tend to crop up when players enter their 40s.

Hopefully, given his superlative start, the Quail Hollow Club won't pull the plug in the middle of the week, though there has been plenty of discussion in local media outlets about whether the club remains interested in hosting a regular tour event beyond the contract period that ends after the 2014 event, now that the PGA Championship is coming to the venue in 2017. 

Toms says he feels a sense of calm and achievement when he plays in Charlotte, one of the best stops on tour.

"I mean, any time you can win on a golf course like this against the quality field that they always have here, that's a feather in your cap," Toms said. "So just knowing that I'm a former champion here, it always gives me that extra confidence coming back here to play every year."

Hopefully they don't mothball the thing.

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