The Monday review: Toms runs away at -19

mulligan, 16 January 2006, Comments Off on The Monday review: Toms runs away at -19
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So I caught the end of the Sony Open grabbing a late night dinner at a local bar. The sound, of course, was turned down. But I saw all I needed to see when ESPN flashed David Toms’s beautiful wife and kid alongside the 18th green. David sunk a 1-footer or so to finish -19 for the tourney — some 4 strokes ahead of Rory Sabbatini, who finished in second place.

Watching Toms play this week reminded me: he’s a major winner, and he’s pretty deadly when his irons are working. David can shoot lights on his approach shots, which compensates for his lack of distance off the tee. I really like his game.

Stories: As far as what’s the big story from this past week, all of my co-bloggers are wrong. Sorry, guys. David Duval making a cut and shooting a 63 is all well and good, but, before Sony, the guy made 2 cuts in a row in his last 2 tournaments (did you forget about that?). For the Sony, DD was never in contention, and he only finished T-31. So if that’s “big news,” it would be a very sad statement about how the low standard applied to DD really is.

So what’s the story of the week? I think you have to go with David Toms’ 4-stroke victory. And maybe that goes without saying. Michelle Wie setting the all-time record for low round by a women in a PGA tournament was also certainly newsworthy, but I wouldn’t even place that as the second biggest story. The second biggest story occurred off the course: as someone has already referred to in a comment, The Golf Channel secured all cable rights to air PGA events in 2007. That’s huge news, and I think it’s fantastic (more later). The third biggest story of the week was the play of Bubba Watson, who finished 4th (scorecard here). The guy takes a ferocious swing and is really exciting to watch. And with a name like “Bubba,” how could he not be a top story?


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