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May 7 2012

9:18 PM

Toms glad to be back for two reasons

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David Toms casts a line just off the 10th hole on the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- David Toms couldn't wait to get back to TPC Sawgrass Monday for a couple of reasons.
  
No. 1, he's excited to make a run at the title that eluded him a year ago after finishing runner-up in a playoff with K.J. Choi.  Secondly, it's one of his favorite fishing holes on the PGA TOUR.
 
Like a kid in the candy store, after he finished hitting balls on the range and practicing on the putting green, it was all about fishing. Toms and his caddy, Scott Gneiser, ventured out with one of the Cleveland technicians late in the afternoon to try to find the hot spots. After three or four casts, the group settled in just over the bridge near the 10th tee at Dye's Valley Course.
  
"I caught two or three nice bass already and I've only been here less than an hour," Toms said. "They were small and nothing I really would want to eat. But we're having a lot of fun."
  
With thunder in the distance and wind picking up, Toms moved a few feet over to the other side of the bridge, taking some non-golf advice from his caddy. "I heard that Mike Weir's caddy pulled about a 9-pound bass out of this spot a few years ago," Gneiser explained.

For Toms, the quest for the other prize catch starts Thursday.

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