David Toms ended a five-year title drought with a one-shot win at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational, a victory that came a week after he lost golf’s Players Championship in a playoff.
Toms shot a 3-under-par 67 during yesterday’s final round at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, to finish at 15-under par, one better than Charlie Wi.
Toms, 44, collects $1.12 million for his first victory since the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii. It’s his 13th PGA Tour win.
“To win after this time frame and to come back after what happened last week, it certainly means more to me than any other victory,” said Toms, who missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt last week to lose the Players Championship to K.J. Choi.
Toms began the tournament at Colonial with consecutive rounds of 62 before shooting a third-round 74 to get overtaken by Wi, a 39-year-old South Korean who was seeking his breakthrough win on the world’s richest golf circuit.
Toms recovered yesterday, when he had two birdies, one bogey and holed out for eagle on the par-5 11th hole to take the outright lead. His lob wedge from 85 yards out landed about four inches in front of the flag, hopped past it and then spun back into the hole.
“When stuff like that happens, it’s like it’s meant to be,” said Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship winner.
The tour remains in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, from May 26-29.