Daily Wrap-up: Round 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

May 20, 2011
Staff and Wire reports

FORT WORTH, Texas -- David Toms has gone from a disappointing playoff loss to matching the PGA TOUR scoring record for the first 36 holes of a tournament.

Toms shot his second straight 8-under 62 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Friday to open a seven-stroke lead.


Coming off a playoff loss Sunday to K.J. Choi in THE PLAYERS Championship, the 44-year-old Toms tied the mark of 124 set by Pat Perez in the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. Perez had rounds of 61 and 63.

Already off to another impressive start before a 2-hour weather delay in the middle of his second round, Toms took full advantage after heavy rain softened the course and the wind stopped. On the eight holes he completed when play resumed, he had four birdies -- and came up just short of two more.

"I came out and the conditions were perfect for scoring, and my mindset was to just keep making birdies, try to separate myself a little bit," Toms said. "I just went out and played great the last eight holes or so, some of the best golf I've played in a long time."

Toms projects to move to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings if he goes on to win this week.

Steven Bowditch (64) and Charlie Wi (67), who finished before the delay, were tied for second with Mark Wilson (66) and John Senden (66). Wilson played in the same group with Toms.

Toms also was the 36-hole leader last week at TPC Sawgrass, where he needed a birdie on the final hole of regulation to get into a playoff. But he then missed a short par putt on the first extra hole.

He hasn't made another bogey since.

Toms started at Hogan's Alley with his best score in 429 rounds -- since a career-best 61 at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January 2006, in the last of his 12 PGA TOUR victories. He repeated the feat Friday and got halfway to his goal of finally winning again.

"I just still need to put those four rounds together and somehow get over the hump again," he said.

For the second day in a row, Toms carded 31s on both nines.

When play was suspended, Toms had just teed off at the par-5 11th hole after saving par at No. 10 with a two-putt from 65 feet.

The wind was already whipping with the storm front approaching when he finished his front side with an aggressive play at No. 9, when he opted for driver instead of 3-wood off the tee. He then hit his approach inside 4 feet for birdie.

"It was a bonus to make birdie, but it was all about the best way to make par," he said.

Toms made a 17-foot birdie putt at No. 11 after play resumed, then hit his approach at the 445-yard 12th hole to 5 feet for another birdie. He also birdied Nos. 15 and 17, and had putts rolling on line at 16 and 18 that came up short.

"It was late afternoon golf after a rain shower. I've done it hundreds of times at home in Louisiana. That's what it felt like," he said. "It was hot and humid, greens were receptive, fairways were receptive, the greens weren't rolling very fast."

Rory Sabbatini, the 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational champion who lives in Fort Worth, shot 64 and was at 8 under with first round co-leader Chez Reavie (71).

Reavie had two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey through eight holes before the delay. After a birdie at Colonial's longest hole, the 635-yard 11th and his second of the day, Reavie had a double bogey 6 at No. 12, where he hit out of the same greenside bunker twice. Three holes later, his approach went into another greenside bunker and he had a bogey.

Wi opened with a 64 on Thursday. He was the only one of the top 11 in the first round who played in the afternoon when more wind made conditions tougher.

"When I got to the golf course (Thursday), I saw so many low numbers and I figured if I shoot 2 or 3 under in the afternoon, that would be a good round. To shoot 64 was a bonus," he said.

Shot of the Day: Rickie Fowler

Fowler lands his tee shot inside three feet on the 216-yard par-3 4th hole.

The 39-year-old South Korean made that even better with a bogey-free second round, saving par at No. 11 with a 17-foot putt before holing out a birdie out of a greenside bunker the 12th.

Bowditch had been away from the PGA TOUR for more than three seasons before the 27-year-old Australian returned this year after regaining his card by finishing 17th on the Nationwide Tour money list last season.

After playing one time each on the PGA TOUR in 2003 and 2005, Bowditch made only two of 22 cuts in 2006. Then he didn't make it to the weekend rounds in any of his five events the following year.

Bowditch got his first career top-10 finish this year when he tied for ninth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.

His only bogey Friday came on the 375-yard 17th hole when he drove into the left rough and hit his approach into a greenside bunker.

Bowditch was surprised to be done without any delays because there had been rain in the area all morning. But none fell early when the initial weather systems skirted around the Colonial neighborhood.

Colonial CC: Friday
The par-5 1st hole was the easiest with a Friday scoring average of 4.532.
The par-3 13th hole was the toughest with a Friday scoring average of 3.349.
About the leader
• David Toms enters the weekend with a seven-stroke advantage over Steven Bowditch, John Senden, Charlie Wi and Mark Wilson. It equals the largest 36-hole advantage by a leader in tournament history. In 1956, Chandler Harper also held a seven-shot lead at the halfway point. Toms lead is also the PGA TOURs largest halfway lead since Tiger Woods held the same advantage at the 2000 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
• Toms previous-best opening 36 holes is 130 set on five previous occasionsmost recently at the 2010 McGladrey Classic. He opened with rounds of 64-66 in Savannah, GA, and went on to tie for third.
• The previous-best 36-hole start this season was 128 by Tommy Gainey (63-65, 14-under) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
• Toms is bogey-free through his first 36 holes at this years tournament, and he played the final eight holes of the 2010 tournament without a bogey, giving him a streak of 44 consecutive par-or-better holes at Colonial Country Club. Toms is also working on a streak of eight consecutive under-par rounds at this event. He was 65-69 on the weekend in 2009, fired rounds of 68-67-68-65 on his way to a tie for 13th in 2010 and has begun 62-62 this year.
• Toms longest birdie putts of the day were both in the 17-foot range. He made a 17-foot, 6-inch birdie putt on No. 7 and a 17-foot, 3-inch putt on No. 11, two of his eight birdies on the day.
• This is the second consecutive week that Toms has been the leader at the halfway point of a PGA TOUR event. Last week at THE PLAYERS, Toms opened with 66-68 at TPC Sawgrass to hold the lead by himself. He eventually lost in a playoff to K.J. Choi. Toms has previously held or shared the 36-hole lead 12 times on the PGA TOUR. Of those 12 events, Toms went on to win three times, most recently at the 2004 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

"The whisper was, when we teed off at 9 o'clock, that we were only going to get nine holes in," Bowditch said. "That was basically what we were sort of looking at and getting your mind to a certain degree, ready for that."