The Players Championship was poised for an eventful, dramatic Sunday. Rain delays pushed the close of the third round to Sunday morning, giving us more golf than usual to digest on the final day of a tournament.
That's never a bad thing, especially when it's 45 degrees and raining in your town, which was the case in Chicago all of Sunday. Unfortunately, the final round of The Players didn't live up to expectations until the final four holes. And, unfortunately again, it was at the expense of David Toms.
Toms tried to reach the green at the Par 5 16th but came up short and right, and sending his ball to the bottom of the water. It didn't kill him, but it opened the door for KJ Choi to get back in the mix. No. 17 proved to be uneventful, but Toms still had another surprise waiting for us.
On the fairway at 18, Toms found his ball sitting in a divot. Quite a stroke of luck from the golf gods after he had already sacrificed a ball to them in 16. However, he was able to hit the green, sink an 18-foot birdie putt and force a playoff with Choi.
The 17th may not have been eventful the first time around, but Toms was a glutten for the spotlight (good or bad) on Sunday. He hit off the tee to about 3 1/2 feet, Choi to about 6, onto the green.
Fair enough, we're going to a second playoff hole, I thought. But, nope, Toms rushed his putt and it skated right past the hole, virtually handing Choi The Players Championship.
It's hard to be upset after a tournament in which a guy as liked as KJ Choi wins in the end, but it's fairly frustrating to see a player have such a pschysophrenic performance in the last four holes.
Frustrating, because that's how the rest of us play golf. Good and bad. Bad and good.
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