We saw David Toms play magnificently and fall apart in even greater majesty at The Players Championship last weekend. He had the lead, then he didn't. He played the side of risk and paid for it. But when the most routine of putts (4 feet) stood between extending a playoff between KJ Choi and going home a battered golfer, Toms left the green watching Choi triumphantly celebrate a victory at one of golfs most cherished events.
Throughout the week, talk of Toms reconciling his demons from TPC Sawgrass at Colonial left us wondering which way his game might go. Toms answered those questions Thursday, posing an 8-under 62 in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Toms called his play at The Players a "success" and owned that he "screwed up on the last hole" but we love a rebound in golf just as much as a player admitting his faults. It makes Toms first round lead at Colonial that much sweeter.
It may only be one round, but it still feels like a bit of redemption. We watched Rory McIlroy fall apart at the Masters and have yet to see him fully come back from it. Sometimes, we can grow impatient waiting for a player to right their wrongs (see Woods, Tiger) and begin ton wonder whether or not there is light at the end of tunnel.
Quick come backs always make for better stories. In the case of David Toms, we see him again as back on the horse and ready to ride to victory. I am a writer who loves story lines, and Toms just peaked my interest for the rest of this tournament.
T1. David Toms, -8… redemption, so far
T1. Chez Reavie, -8… what a great name.
3. Rickie Fowler, -7… seems like awhile since Fowler has given us much to talk about positively.
T4. Charlie Wi, -6… another great name
T4. Brendon de Jonge, -6…. yet another great name
T4. Stewart Cink, -6… follow him on twitter @stewartcink
T4. Brian Gay, -6
T4. Nathan Green, -6
T9. Rod Pampling, -5… this tournament may have the best names ever in the Top 10
T9. Mark Wilson, -5… well, there's a boring name
T9. John Senden, -5
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