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Toms wins brutal battle at The Broadmoor

 

David Toms came out strongest in the battle against the brutal East Course at The Broadmoor to win his first senior golf event at the US Senior Open on Sunday.

The 51-year-old American shot a level-par 70 to close with a 3-under 277 and edge out by a shot on a crowded leaderboard the overnight leader Jerry Kelly (72), Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez (73) and fellow American Tim Petrovic (70).

England's Paul Broadhurst (69) finished a further shot back at 1-under in a tie for 5th place with two more Americans, Paul Goydos (70) and Jobe Brandt (70).

Kelly, the leader in each of the the first three rounds, only finally lost out at the 72nd hole when he hit his second shot short of the green, chipped and putted short and allowed Toms, who had hit his second shot to within 15 feet of the pin, to cooly and calmly two-putt for victory.

Toms, who won his only other major, the PGA Championship on the regular US PGA Tour in 2001 and had played 34 over-50s events without winning before finally triumphing at The Broadmoor, said: “First of all, it’s been a long time, obviously, since the last time I held a trophy.

“To do it in a USGA event is even more special. I didn’t really have the patience for the US Open early in my career. but I got better at it as my career went on. Never won one, but I got close. To finally have one, just means my patience is probably where it needs to be, finally.”

Toms, Goydos, Jobe, Petrovic, Jimenez and Kelly all either held or shared the lead coming down the final stretch on Sunday, Goydos finally breaking clear of the logjam and taking the solo lead when he nailed a birdie putt from 25-foot at 15, but bogeys at 17 and 18 pushed him back into a tie for 5th

Toms, a solid putter, even on the unforgiving greens at the Broadmoor, hit only eight greens in regulation, but it mattered not in the end because time and again he was able to rescue a hole with his short game and win with his putter.

He made an 18-foot putt for birdie at 16 to take the lead, then sunk another from 18-feet at 17 to save par and win the title.

The tournament drew 130,000 spectators, the largest for a Senior Open since 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska.

LEADING SCORES
(Par 70 - US Player unless stated)

277 David Toms 70 71 66 70
278 Miguel Angel Jiménez (ESP) 68 68 73 69, Tim Petrovic 72 65 71 70, Jerry Kelly 66 69 71 72
279 Paul Broadhurst (Eng) 71 7 69 69, Paul Goydos 72 67 70 70, Brandt Jobe 70 73 66 70.
282 Kevin Sutherland 68 75 67 72, Kirk Triplett 74 66 68 74
283 Lee Janzen 69 75 69 70, Davis Love III 71 68 71 73.
284 Tom Pernice Jr. 73 71 70 70, Marco Dawson 71 74 69 70
285 Rocco Mediate 68 74 72 71, Jay Haas 70 69 72 74
286 Scott Parel 69 73 74 70, Scott Verplank 74 70 71 71, Vijay Singh (Fij) 72 74 69 71, Bernhard Langer (Ger) 72 76 66 72, Billy Andrade 71 71 69 75
287 Sauers 73 71 70 73, Doug Garwood 74 71 69 73, Deane Pappas 68 71 74 74
288 David Frost (RSA) 71 76 71 70, Wes Short, Jr. 74 70 71 73, Todd Bailey 76 66 72 74, Billy Mayfair 69 74 71 74

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.