Toms rallies for Colonial victory

Posted May 22, 2011, at 9:54 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas — David Toms threw up both arms up in the air and a smile took over his face when he finally regained the lead at Colonial. This time, he didn’t let it get away.

A day after blowing a seven-stroke advantage to go into the final round trailing Charlie Wi by one, Toms made an eagle with a wedge shot from 83 yards at the par-5 11th hole Sunday to take the lead for good and went on to his first PGA Tour victory since January 2006.

The 44-year-old Toms closed with a 3-under 67 at Hogan’s Alley to get to 15 under. His long-elusive 13th career victory came a week after a playoff loss to K.J. Choi at The Players Championship, his sixth runner-up finish since last winning.

Wi shot a 69, ending up a stroke back for his fourth career runner-up finish without a win.

After that playoff loss at TPC Sawgrass, Toms had an opening 62 at Colonial for his best score in 429 rounds — since a career-best 61 during his last victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Toms followed with another bogey-free 62 to match the PGA Tour scoring record for the first 36 holes of a tournament (124). But the 2001 PGA Championship winner dropped a stroke back with a third-round 74.

Bo Van Pelt (65) was third at 10 under.

Poulter prevails in match play

CASARES, Spain — Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald the top spot in the world ranking, beating the fellow Englishman 2 and 1 in the final of the World Match Play Championship.

The second-ranked Donald could have risen to No. 1 for the first time, supplanting compatriot Lee Westwood if he’d won the tournament, but failed to find the consistent form that swept him to the final.

Poulter, who ousted Westwood in the last 16, was 1-down to his Ryder Cup teammate three times in the error-strewn match at Finca Cortesin, but won the 12th with a 45-foot putt and took Nos. 14 and 16 with birdies.

Poulter earned $1.14 million. He also won the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship last year in Arizona, an event Donald won this season.

In the semifinals, Poulter beat Nicolas Colsaerts in 19 holes, and Donald topped Martin Kaymer 5 and 3.

Pettersen defeats Kerr

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Suzann Pettersen won the Sybase Match Play Championship, beating Cristie Kerr 1-up at Hamilton Farm to end a 20-month victory drought.

Leading 1-up and with Kerr facing a 10-foot birdie attempt, Pettersen curled in a left to-right 15-footer for birdie to seal the victory. The 30-year-old Norwegian star immediately thrust both hands skyward in celebration, took a few steps and staggered to her knees in exhaustion after playing four rounds in two days.

Pettersen never trailed in the match in winning for the first time since the Canadian Women’s Open in September 2009, and for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career.

It also ended a run of seconditis. The No. 3 ranked woman finished second six times last year and 12 times since 2007, a year she won five times, including the LPGA Championship.

In the semifinals, Pettersen beat Na Yeon Choi 4 and 2, and Kerr edged Angela Stanford 1-up.

Choi beat Stanford 4 and 3 in the third-place match.

Mulroy wins BMW

GREER, S.C. — South Africa’s Garth Mulroy won the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his second Nationwide Tour title, beating Sunghoon Kang on the first hole of a playoff when the South Korean missed a 3-foot par putt.

The 32-year-old former North Carolina State player closed with a 4-under 67 on the Thornblade Club course to match Kang (69) at 18 under in the three-course tournament.

Kang, a conditional PGA Tour member, was making his first Nationwide Tour start.

New Zealand’s Danny Lee (65) was a stroke back, and Roberto Castro (65), B.J. Staten (64), Andrew Buckle (65), Will MacKenzie (66), Brent Delahoussaye (69) and Travis Hampshire (72) tied for fourth at 16 under.

PORTO SANTO, Madeira Islands — Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey won the Madeira Islands Open for his second European Tour title, closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory.

Hoey, also the 2009 Estoril Open winner, had a 10-under 278 total at Porto Santo Golf, the Seve Ballesteros-designed course that features 500-foot seaside cliffs.

Englishmen Chris Gane (71) and Jamie Elson (73) tied for second in the event also sanctioned by the developmental European Challenge Tour.

 

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