NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Different year, nearly the same result. A year ago, Charlie Wi shot 69-65 to sit one shot off the lead at the AT&T National. This year, Wi shot 69-66 and is just two back of fellow Korean and leader K.J. Choi.
“I've done really well on tough golf courses out on the TOUR,” Wi said. “I think that I stay really patient and maybe that my focus is a little bit tighter when the golf course gets harder.”
Wi made six birdies and just two bogeys on a difficult day of scoring at Aronimink, where he’s third in the field in putting so far.
It’s also the second time Wi has found himself in contention in a little over a month. At the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Wi finished second -- though he’s also missed two of his last three cuts.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- The afternoon wave is on the golf course at Aronimink, where Charlie Wi is making a run at the lead at 5 under through his first 12 holes. That has him 6 under for the week and within one of the lead.
Also in contention are Kevin Na, who is 2 under through 12 and 3 under for the week, and Joe Ogilvie, who is even par through 10 holes and also 3 under for the week. Ogilvie had an MRI done on his left wrist on Thursday but is playing through whatever pain there is.
Others moving up include Justin Leonard, now 3 under after playing his first nine holes in 1 under, and Bo Van Pelt, who is 2 under through eight and 3 under for the week.
In all, there are 16 players within five shots of the lead, though there are only 24 players under par for the tournament.
Unless the cut line moves a stroke, Ben Crane will be headed home early from TPC Four Seasons. At least it will be a short trip for Crane, who lives in nearby Westlake and finished his first two rounds at 2 over after a pair of 71s and one shot outside the number.
Crane isn’t the only notable player on the wrong of the number.
Anthony Kim is in the clubhouse at 3 over after a 71 Friday. So is Tommy Gainey. Charlie Wi, who lost in a playoff to David Toms last week, Justin Leonard and Sean O’Hair are all headed home early as well.
Among those fighting so stay inside the cut? PLAYERS winner K.J. Choi, who is 1 over for the week and even through three holes in the second round, and defending champion Jason Day, who is also 1 over after playing his first three holes in Round 2 at 1 under.
With his first win in five years, David Toms jumped from 22nd to fourth in the FedExCup standings .
Bubba Watson, who had the week off, still holds the top spot.
Charlie Wi, meanwhile, climbed 66 spots to 38th in the standings. Also making a big move was the winner of last year’s Crowne Plaza Invitational, Zach Johnson, on the strength of his final-round 65. He jumped 23 spots to 39th in the standings.
Bo Van Pelt and Chez Reavie also made big moves, up 36 and 40 spots, respectively.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas – David Toms ended his five-year victory drought on the PGA TOUR, claiming the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by one shot over Charlie Wi.
Toms last won in 2006 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Sunday’s win is his 13th on TOUR. He moves to fourth in the FedExCup standings.
“It took a lot of guts,” an emotional Toms told CBS after his round. “That’s what I got by on. … I played a great round of golf.”
He came close to breaking his drought last week, losing in a playoff to K.J. Choi at THE PLAYERS Championship.
He appeared in total control of this week’s tournament after 36 holes, posting consecutive rounds of 62 to give him a seven-shot lead going into the weekend. But a third-round 74 left him one shot behind Wi going into Sunday’s final round.
But Toms grabbed the lead by holing out for eagle at the par-5 11th hole and eventually finished with a 3-under 67.
“When stuff like that happens,” Toms said, “it's like it's meant to be.”
Wi shot a 1-under 69 on Sunday and hung tough after starting the day with his first 54-hole lead on TOUR. He was three shots behind with three holes to play, but made up two strokes with a birdie at the 16th and a Toms bogey at the 17th when both players found themselves in greenside bunkers.
But his birdie attempt from 44 feet on the 72nd hole came just a foot short.
“I certainly didn’t give it to him,” Wi said. “He definitely earned it.”
Wi has now been a runner-up four times in his TOUR career.
“It’s great to finish second on the PGA TOUR any time,” Wi said. “But at the same time, it’s bittersweet.”
Toms has come close to winning before at Colonial. He tied for fourth in 2000, tied for second in 2002 and tied for third in 2005.
“I’ve wanted this tournament for a long time,” Toms said. “It’s a great course for me.”
FORT WORTH, Texas – David Toms and Charlie Wi both found themselves in the greenside bunker at the 17th. But only Wi managed to save par.
Toms missed his par-saving putt from 12 feet to drop a stroke. He’s now is at 15 under, one shot ahead of Wi going to the 72nd hole at Colonial in Sunday’s final round.
FORT WORTH, Texas – A birdie at the 16th by Charlie Wi has reduced David Toms’ lead to two shots with two holes to play in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Through the first three rounds, each player was 2 under on the last two holes, neither suffering a bogey. Wi birdied both holes in the first round; Toms birdied 17 in the second round and 18 in the first round.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rolling in a birdie putt just inside 15 feet at the par-4 14th, David Toms is now three shots ahead of Charlie Wi going into the final four holes.
Toms’ birdie moved him to 16 under for the tournament; he’s a bogey-free 4 under on his round.
Wi went bogey-birdie-bogey to start his back nine and is now 13 under, as the tournament has now become a two-man race.
John Senden and Stuart Appleby are the next closest competitors still on the course; each are at 7 under.
Appleby had been at 12 under through 11 holes, but he suffered two bogeys, then a triple bogey at the 14th.
Bo Van Pelt is currently the clubhouse leader at 10 under, six shots off the pace.
Should Toms win, it would end his five-year victory drought on the PGA TOUR. Wi is looking for his first TOUR victory.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas – David Toms holed out for eagle from 83 yards at the par-5 11th, giving him a one-shot lead over Charlie Wi going into the final seven holes Sunday.
Toms’ shot bounced past the pin, then spun back into the cup. He’s now 15 under for the tournament.
Wi, meanwhile, found the bunker with his second shot, and got up-and-down for birdie.
Toms is now a bogey-free 3 under on his round, bouncing back from Saturday’s third-round 74 that cost him a seven-shot lead.
Wi, playing with the 54-hole lead for the first time in his PGA TOUR career, has had a rollercoaster day with four birdies and three bogeys, and is 1 under on the day and 14 under for the tournament.
Stuart Appleby is alone at third at 12 under.
All three players still have seven holes to play.