June 07, 2011
Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
One of the themes for the 2011 PGA TOUR season is the competition involving the younger players and the established ones. How will the veteran players -- those with significant TOUR experience and long-standing championship pedigree -- fare against the hungry up-and-comers who are looking to nudge their way into the TOUR's elite?
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will select two players and analyze their chances heading into the tournament. We'll then track which player has the better score for his team, and keep a running team tally throughout the year.
YEARS ON TOUR: This is Toms' 19th full season on the PGA TOUR. He has 13 victories, including the 2001 PGA Championship.
OVERVIEW: Toms has been one of the PGA TOUR's most consistent players during his career. His teenage son's interest in golf has served as a catalyst for what is shaping up to be a career year. Two weeks ago, the LSU product ended a five-year victory drought with a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He opened with consecutive 62s there, weathered a disappointing third-round 74 and closed with a 67 to beat Charlie Wi by one stroke. The win came a week after he ended up losing to K.J. Choi in a playoff at THE PLAYERS Championship. The consecutive top-10s were Toms' third and fourth of the season and propelled him to eighth in the FedExCup. He's already earned more than $2.8 million -- which is already his third highest total for an entire season.
HISTORY IN THIS EVENT: TPC Southwind certainly suits Toms' game. He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2003 and successfully defended his title the following year. In fact, from 2002-2009, Toms has two wins, two seconds, one third and a fourth in Memphis. He only had one finish outside the top-10 during that stretch.
OUTLOOK THIS WEEK: Toms should be well-rested after taking the last two weeks off -- and enjoying individual victories by LSU golfers at the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. Confidence shouldn't be an issue, either, given his previous success in Memphis and Toms' performance in his last two starts.
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YEARS ON TOUR: Villegas is in his sixth full season on the PGA TOUR. He has won three times, including two events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in 2008.
OVERVIEW: Villegas is a proud native of Colombia who came to the United States to play golf at the University of Florida. He found a home in Gainesville, earning All-America honors both for his athletic prowess and academic ability. He turned pro in 2004 after graduating with a business degree and finished 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list the following year to earn his PGA TOUR card -- despite starting the season with no status. Villegas put together a career year in 2008 when he won the final two events of the Playoffs, including THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, to finish second in the FedExCup. He picked up his third TOUR win in 2010 when he captured The Honda Classic. Villegas, who is known as Spiderman for the way he crouches low to the ground to read putts, also has attracted attention for his fashion sense and devotion to exercise and biking that earned him photo spreads in GQ and ESPN: The Magazine.
HISTORY IN THIS EVENT: Villegas has a solid history at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He has played in the tournament every year since joining the PGA TOUR in 2006 and never missed a cut. He has three top-20 finishes, including a tie for eighth last year.
OUTLOOK THIS WEEK: Villegas has yet to really get it going in 2011. He only has six rounds in the 60s in 35 attempts this year and is coming off a season-high tie for 30th at the Memorial Tournament pressented by Nationwide Insurance.
|Tee Times for Toms, Villegas|
|David Toms is playing his first two rounds with Brandt Snedeker and Jonathan Byrd at TPC Southwind. They tee off from the first tee at 1:27 p.m. ET on Thursday and the 10th tee at 8:27 a.m. Friday. Camilo Villegas is paired with Brian Gay and Robert Allenby. They tee off from the 1st tee at 8:36 a.m. ET on Thursday and the 10th tee at 1:36 p.m Friday.|
|Here are the results of the previous matchups this year|
| ||Steve Stricker ||20 under (T-4th) ||Hyundai TOC ||Dustin Johnson ||14 under (T-9th) || |
| ||Ernie Els ||4 under (T-42nd) ||Sony Open ||Jason Day ||8 under (T-20th) |
| ||Stewart Cink ||5 under (MC) ||Bob Hope Classic ||Bubba Watson ||7 under (MC) |
| ||Davis Love III ||5 over (MC) ||Farmers Insurance Open ||Rickie Fowler ||5 under (T20) |
| ||Angel Cabrera ||7 under (T-49th) ||Waste Management Phoenix ||Jhonattan Vegas ||2 under (MC) || |
| ||Padraig Harrington ||2 over (T63) ||AT&T Pebble Beach National ||Dustin Johnson ||Even (T55) |
| ||Jim Furyk ||1 under (T35) ||Northern Trust Open ||Louis Oosthuizen ||3 over (T62) || |
| ||Vijay Singh ||9 over (MC) ||The Honda Classic ||Anthony Kim ||7 over (MC) |
| ||Luke Donald ||11 under (T6) ||WGC-Cadillac Championship ||Jhonattan Vegas ||2 under (T31) || |
| ||Sergio Garcia ||7 under (T15) ||Transitions Championship ||Matteo Manassero ||6 under (T20) || |
| ||Phil Mickelson ||1 under (T24) ||Arnold Palmer Invitational ||Graeme McDowell ||9 over (MC) || |
| ||Fred Couples ||Even (T60) ||Shell Houston Open ||Gary Woodland ||10 under (T13) |
| ||Tiger Woods ||10 under (T4) ||The Masters ||Martin Kaymer ||6 over (MC) || |
| ||Justin Leonard ||2 under (T30) ||Valero Texas Open ||Anthony Kim ||7 over (MC) || |
| ||Jim Furyk ||5 under (T21) ||The Heritage ||Jason Day ||7 under (T9) |
| ||David Toms ||7 under (T18) ||Zurich Classic of New Orleans ||Brandt Snedeker ||2 over (MC) || |
| ||Phil Mickelson ||10 under (T9) ||Wells Fargo Championship ||Bubba Watson ||3 under (T48) || |
| ||Tiger Woods ||Withdrew ||THE PLAYERS Championship ||Charl Schwartzel ||6 under (T26) |
| ||Paul Goydos ||5 under (T10) ||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial ||Jason Day ||3 under (T31) || |
| ||Vijay Singh ||5 over (T27) ||HP Byron Nelson Championship ||Nick Watney ||1 over (T8) |
| ||Jim Furyk ||8 over (MC) ||the Memorial Tournament ||Bubba Watson ||1 under (T42) |
This week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic we've selected David Toms and Camilo Villegas, who should enjoy the Memphis barbeque and have no problem handling the heat.