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June 14 2012

9:25 PM

Short game bails out Toms

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

SAN FRANCISCO -- David Toms found himself in five different bunkers during Thursday's first round. Fortunately, it didn't cost him any strokes.

Thanks in part to his five sand saves, Toms shot a 1-under 69 that puts him in contention going into Friday's second.

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"Up-and-down game was good today, Very, very solid," said Toms, who ranks 40th on the PGA TOUR in sand saves this year. "I had a lot of great bunker shots....

"I scored probably better than I played. I couldn't seem to find the fairways early and some way I just scrambled around and made a lot of pars and started to hit the ball better, get the ball in the fairway."

The 69 was just the second time in his last 28 rounds in the U.S. Open that Toms carded a round in the 60s. The only other time during the stretch came in 2009 when Toms also opened with a 69 at Bethpage Black. He followed that with a 76 and failed to make the cut, something Toms obviously wants to avoid duplicating this week.

He thinks the Olympic Club fits his game better than one of the longer U.S. Open courses.

"I think I feel a lot better on this golf course than I did last year, playing at Congressional on a long, soft golf course," said Toms, who missed the cut last year. "Certainly I have a lot better chance here than I did last year. ...

"I just am a lot more confident on a golf course like this to be able to contend, more so than a Bethpage or Congressional or something like that, for sure."

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