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May 23 2012

7:45 PM

Toms ready for his title defense

 

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Defending champion David Toms talks about his return to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- As defending champion of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, David Toms has more responsibilities than anybody else in the field. A few more interviews. Wednesday's Champion's dinner. A bigger pool of well-wishers. That sort of thing

He's glad to do it. But he'll also be glad when Thursday's first round begins and he can focus all his attention of defending his title.

"It's been fun," he said. "I see a lot of friendly faces and people that are involved with the tournament and so forth.

"To be quite honest, I'm ready to get started, ready to hit that first tee shot on Thursday morning and put everything else aside and go play golf."

Toms did not get any practice time on the course until Wednesday. He was trying to fit it into his busy schedule on Tuesday but opted to wait one more day -- in part because of the weather conditions.

"It was calm, totally calm," Toms said about Tuesday. "And I knew today it was going to be blowing, and I think tomorrow as well. So I didn't really want to go out there and see a golf course that I wasn't going to see by the time I was ready for the gun to go off."

In his 22 TOUR starts since last year's win at Colonial, Toms has five top-10s. His last one came two weeks ago at THE PLAYERS Championship, when he finished tied for 10th. A year ago, he lost in a playoff at THE PLAYERS, and followed the week later by winning in Fort Worth.

"Obviously I haven't had a result this year that I would like," Toms said. "But that's the way golf is. It kind of goes in cycles.

"I'm hoping to build upon what I've done the last couple of tournaments and get myself into position. That's really what it's all about -- having a chance on Sunday."

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