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June 6 2013

4:15 PM

Toms starts slow, finishes strong

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Fortunately for David Toms, his first few holes of the day wasn't any indication of how his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic would go.

Toms three-putted the 10th hole after starting on the back nine, birdied his next and made another bogey, on No. 11.

"I wasn't in control of my first nine holes," Toms said. "I made a couple birdies but hit some wayward shots. My last nine I played great."

Indeed.

Toms made three birdies in a four-hole stretch at one point and shot 3-under 67, leaving him near the lead after the first round at TPC Southwind.

"The short game is a little bit tougher around the greens now with the greens being firmer, bermuda, you can't just fire your chips at the hole and they stop," Toms said. "You really have to pay attention and the rough is up in places, other places, you know, it's fine, but there's some thick areas that you don't want to be in, so overall it's a very demanding golf course."

Toms is looking for his third career win at the event. He won there in 2003 and 2004.

"I would take (2 under) every day," he said. "I just feel good about the way I finished up today, the way I played the last 9 holes. I need to build on that, get some confidence and hopefully continue to play great."

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