David Toms of the USA fired a final round of 67 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by a single shot from South Korea’s Charlie Wi. It was his first PGA Tour victory for over five years.
Toms, who narrowly lost out in a playoff to K.J Choi at last week’s Players Championship, started off like a train at Colonial, posting back-to-back rounds of 62 in the opening two rounds. At that point he held a seven-stroke lead. But a disappointing third round of 74 saw him overtaken at the top of the leaderboard by Charlie Wi.
When Wi extended his advantage with birdies on the first two holes of the final round, it looked like another week where Toms would rue a missed opportunity.
But he stuck in well and the 44-year-old’s fortunes changed when he holed an 83 yard wedge shot at the par-5 11th to record an eagle three.
“It was one of the most perfect shots I’ve ever hit,” he said.
The 2001 US PGA champion followed up with another birdie at the 14th hole to pull three clear of Wi. It looked like the tides had firmly turned in Toms’ favour but Wi made things interesting with an excellent birdie two at the difficult par-3 16th then, after Toms made a bogey on the 17th, the lead was down to one.
But both players parred the last and Toms had secured his 13th career PGA Tour victory and his first since the Sony Open in 2006.
“Wow, I didn’t know if this day would ever come again,” he said after donning the winner’s plaid jacket.
In tricky, windy conditions Bo Van Pelt of the USA finished with a superb 65 to climb through the field and take third place on his own. Zach Johnson matched Van Pelt’s last round score to move up to fourth spot.
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Colonial Country Club, Forth Worth, Texas
May 16 – 22
Purse: $6,200,000, Winner: $1,116,000, par 70
1 David Toms (USA) 62 62 74 67 265 $1,116,000
2 Charlie Wi (Kor) 64 67 66 69 266 $669,600
3 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 68 69 68 65 270 $421,600
4 Zach Johnson (USA) 68 69 69 65 271 $297,600
T5 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 69 68 68 67 272 $235,600
T5 Chez Reavie (USA) 62 71 71 68 272 $235,600
7 Kevin Stadler (USA) 69 68 69 67 273 $207,700
T8 Bill Haas (USA) 67 67 71 69 274 $186,000
T8 John Senden (Aus) 65 66 70 73 274 $186,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only
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