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June 9 2013

3:15 PM

After tough day, Toms looks to Merion

A rough weekend has David Toms looking for answers before the U.S. Open. (Lyons/Getty Images)
 
By Don Wade, Special to PGATOUR.COM


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Once, David Toms was the master of the TPC Southwind course at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Well, actually, twice. Toms won the event back-to-back in 2003-2004.

But on Sunday, he shot a 4-over 74 and finished with a 2-over 282. He had five bogeys or worse, and blew up on the 17th hole with a triple-bogey 7. It was not what he was looking for heading into the U.S. Open, where a year ago he tied for fourth at Olympic.

Toms, 46, said he wasn’t shocked that he struggled here this weekend because it has been a long time since he wore the FedEx St. Jude Classic's seersucker jacket.

“I haven’t played that great here the last few years,” he said. “It’s not that surprising to be honest.”

Toms did not putt poorly this weekend, but he hit just 41 of 72 greens (56.9 percent). And hit just 29 of 56 fairways (51.8 percent). It’s been a challenging year for Toms, but with the highlight of a T13 finish at the Masters Tournament.

For his career, Toms has three top-five finishes at the U.S. Open. So he’s certainly not counting himself out at Merion and was happy to at least get his work in here this week.

“Just playing, being competitive, making the cut (his seventh in 11 events this season), playing four rounds,” he said.

Although he was inconsistent at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, only breaking par with a 3-under 67 in round one, he says that has little to no bearing on what happens at Merion.

“Sure, you’d like to win,” he said, “but it’s not that big of a deal. The U.S. Open is a different animal. Hopefully, I’ll get some bounces, get up and down.”

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