David Toms has become a hot commodity again on the PGA Tour. At the time of this interview, he sits in 8th place in the FedEx Cup race and 5th on the Tour Money List. Toms, who is gearing up for the US Open at Congressional, took the time to talk on his win at Colonial, his surge in virtually all major stats, and family.
Can you start with a general statement on the tournament? What it means for you to win the Colonial?
“It was my most gratifying win. I know I have won a major, a World Golf Championship and in my home state, but with it being several years since my last win and with everything that happened in the last couple of weeks, it was very special. Colonial is my favorite course on Tour and a tournament that I’ve really enjoyed through the years.”
Opening the tournament with 4 straight 31′s and opening a 7 shot lead after two days, what was going through your head on Friday night?
“I didn’t realize it actually happened until I signed my card late Friday evening. That is the first time it hit me that I shot four 31s. My head was spinning all week from all that I had been through. I knew I was playing well and I just wanted to keep it up.”
How did your outlook on the weekend change from the beginning of the day on Saturday, to the end of the day on Saturday?
“It was an emotional roller coaster. I really do think it was the best thing for me to lose lead and then play from behind. I felt like I had been leading a golf tournament for 2 full weeks dating back to The PLAYERS. It was nice to be able to have a different mindset.”
Would you consider the eagle on 11 the turning point in the final round for you?
“Absolutely. Charlie made a nice birdie after my eagle, but then he made bogey on the next hole and the separation started. But it all began with the eagle.”
T4th in Driving accuracy, T4th in GIR and 1st in putting… Was there any part of your game that you didn’t feel comfortable with this week?
“I felt really good. I felt like it was just a continuation from The Players. I tried to get out of my own way and let it happen.”
This year (at the time of the interview) you are 2nd in GIR, 2nd in total putting and 4th in scoring average. Did you change anything in the offseason that leads to these stellar numbers?
“I didn’t really change anything, but I think I now have a better understanding of where the bad shots are coming from and I’m able to correct them pretty easily.”
Can you talk a little bit about your Dinero putter?
“I have gone back and forth between grip sizes, but as far as the putter I’ve used the same design all season. It feels great and it has a simple look, which I like. It will be in my bag again next week in Memphis.”
We saw the family run out to greet you on 18, how did you celebrate last night?
“We had a little quite time with the family at our house when we got back. We looked at my schedule for rest of year and just reflected on the past few weeks. We were all very thankful for the win.”
Last question…. Can we negotiate a contract for Carter’s (son) hat rights?!?!
“He drives a hard bargain, but I hear he is open to any offers.”
How do you like Toms’ chances at Colonial this year?