David Toms Scrambles to Win US Senior Open

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Updated: July 1, 2018

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Sunday was all about survival as we saw Jerry Kelly come in with a one stroke lead at 4-under.  He would struggle today with a 2+over round which opened the door for several players. But it would be David Toms that would scramble his way to an even round for the Victory.

It was David Toms first win and Major victory on the PGA Champions tour.  Overall, it was his first win in over 7 years.  Watch for the big exhale.

It was a gutsy 20 foot putt on 17 that was the difference as he needed to make that putt to maintain his one stroke lead over Kelly and Petrovic.  He would drain the clutch putt and move to the 18th hole maintaining the very small lead.

It was Jerry Kelly that struggled today at 2+over, but it was David Toms that would miss 10 greens in regulation but maintain that even round.  He scrambled as well as I have seen a player in a major tournament.

I predicted that the course would yield even more scores under par than the previous three days.  That would not be the case as the greens were just so deceiving for the players that they could not take advantage.

Other Notables

In the end, there were only three rounds under par today and those were shot by Jimenez and Broadhurst at 69.  Duffy Walfdorf would finish with a 68.

The leaderboard changed several times today as the players flip-flopped back and forth.  Several would creep closer, only to falter in the end.

Jimenez started three stroke off the lead, would fall back as far as four of five strokes only to get back to a tie for second place with a 1-under round.

It was a tremendous week of golf at The Broadmoor, and for the USGA.  But it was an even better week for David Toms, one of the games best iron players would make enough putts to get the victory.

At 51, it would be easy to see how he could grab more than a handful more wins on the PGA Champions tour.

Tim Petrovic

Tim Petrovic was close to start the round, and would have a big opportunity on the par five 3rd hole.  He was on in two and was putting for eagle.  He would three putt the green, blowing a short putt for birdie and walking away feeling as if he had a bogey.

Petrovic would carry that negativity through the front nine with two bogeys.  It was not until the 9th hole, that he would make a birdie and change his fortune.  He would go on to birdie two more on the back, make another bogey and finish even just one stroke back.