May 24 2012
David Toms, who defends his title this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, will be writing a blog periodically for PGATOUR.COM in 2012. Here is his most recent installment. For more information, visit davidtomsfoundation.com
Obviously, this is a special week for me. Colonial has always
been a tournament that I loved to play, and over the years,
I’ve had a lot of good finishes. But to finally get a
victory last year, it was just awesome. That's all I can say about
what took place here last year. It's been a busy week so far.
I’ve got the Champion's dinner (Wednesday night) and other
functions throughout the week, but it's been fun. 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.
I would say my game is pretty good right now. Obviously I haven't had a result this year that I would like, 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 is having a chance on Sunday and I'm hoping to get there. There are a lot of great players here this week and it looks like it's going to be pretty breezy part of the week, so I have to go out and play great to have a chance.
I've had a lot of good finishes over the years here at Colonial and just never quite put four rounds together to be able to come out on top until last year. I just think it's a golf course maybe you need a little bit of experience to play. Obviously, if you look back at guys who won here it took them a little time, even the great players. I think you just have to learn the golf course and all of the different type of wind conditions that you see, and some of the pin placements that you can attack. You can get in trouble pretty quick if you attack some of the pins and don't hit the shots. It's just an old golf course that I think guys really like to play. It's just a good test of golf and certainly it can be had when conditions are right for it. But other times, par is a good score on a lot of the holes.
As always, putting will be key. I know the weeks when I have enough discipline to practice properly, in other words, practice short putts where you see them go in, things usually are better. It's so easy to get out there 12 or 15 feet in between holes and putt. It seems like all of the holes on a practice green are 15 feet apart, or 12 feet apart and you just throw down a ball and putt to the hole. And it's amazing that you don't make many of those. So I know the weeks where I putt well, I have the discipline to practice properly. I get to see putts go in and it's amazing you get on the golf course and you start to see that.
I think for the most part guys that are changing grips or changing putters, length of putters, they are just trying to find a way for the ball to go in the hole. I don't think they are necessarily changing their stroke, or their approach or the way they read greens, or speed. They just want to see something go in.
And it's amazing when you see that, you think the next one is easy. It's like Brad Faxon always said, pretend you just made a thousand in a row. You feel pretty confident about the next one. That is easy to say but hard to do.
Thanks for all the support.