David Toms Wins The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
It wasn't the prettiest but for the first time in over five years, David Toms is a PGA TOUR champion. Toms shot a final round 67 to reclaim the lead he carried into the weekend and win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Toms, who held the lead after two rounds, stumbled in round three shooting a 4-over, 74, which allowed Charlie Wi to take the lead heading into Sunday.
After going bogey free in the first two rounds, Toms held a seven stroke lead going into the weekend. On Saturday, Toms recorded four bogeys and one double bogey allowing Wi to catch him and take the lead. Wi held the lead for part of the final round but an Eagle on the 11th hole gave Toms the boost he would need to win on the PGA TOUR for the first time in five years.
The win couldn't come at a better time for Toms. Last week he held the lead at The PLAYERS Championship but saw it slip away to K.J. Choi. Toms rebounded and made a 18 foot par on the 72nd hole to force a playoff. Toms then 3-putted on the first playoff hole and the tournament was Choi's. Toms earned $1,116,000 for the win along with 500 FedEx Cup points moving him to 4th place in the FedEx Cup standings.
Zach Johnson, who won here in 2010, finished the tournament at 9-under par, good enough for 4th place. Johnson broke par in all four rounds including a 5-under, 65, on Sunday. The 4th place finish marks Johnson's best finish of the 2011 season.
Hunter Mahan shot an even par 70 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 10th. Although Mahan is winless in 2011, he has made the cut in 12 of 13 starts and has seven top 10 finishes.
Matt Kuchar was the only player in the event ranked in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Kuchar rebounded after his opening round 1-over par shooting back to back 67's on Friday and Saturday. Another 1-over par round on Sunday dropped him to 16th place but it was good enough to stay in the top 10 in the world.
The PGA TOUR heads to Irving, Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Jason Day is the 2010 defending champion.