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Long wait over, Toms savors win at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — David Toms was beginning to wonder if he could ever win again on the PGA Tour.

More than five years after he last won, a week after losing in a playoff and a day after blowing a seven-stroke lead to go into the final round trailing, Toms shot 3-under 67 on Sunday to win at Colonial.

"I'm not dreaming, am I? This is actually happening, right?" he said. "Wow, I didn't know if this day would ever come again."

Toms regained the lead for good from Charlie Wi with eagle on a wedge shot from 83 yards at the par-5 11th hole and finished at 15-under 265, a stroke ahead of Wi (69).

"It's one of the most perfect shots I've ever hit," Toms said.

Toms' long-elusive 13th career win came a week after a playoff loss to K.J. Choi at the Players Championship, when he missed a short par putt on the extra hole for his sixth runnerup finish since winning in January 2006 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

"To win after this time frame and to come back after what happened last week certainly means more to me than any other victory," said Toms, 44, the 2001 PGA Championship winner.

A day before his wedding anniversary, Toms earned a payout of $1.116 million.

Wi, who started the round with a one-shot lead, settled for his fourth career runnerup finish without a win.

Poulter beats Donald, denies him No. 1 spot

CASARES, Spain — Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald the top spot in the world, beating his fellow Englishman 2 and 1 in the final of the World Match Play Championship to claim his first title of 2011.

The second-ranked Donald could have risen to No. 1 for the first time, supplanting compatriot Lee Westwood if he'd won the tournament.

Poulter, who ousted Westwood in the last 16, was 1-down on three occasions, but a 45-foot putt won the 12th hole, and birdies on the 14th and 16th sealed Donald's fate.

"I didn't play my best, but I played the right shots at the right times," said Poulter, who earned his 14th career title and became the first player to win both match play titles, having won the Accenture tournament last year.

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up to win the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J., ending a 20-month victory drought. "There's nothing better than winning a match play event," said Pettersen, 30, who never trailed against Kerr in earning her seventh tour victory.

Long wait over, Toms savors win at Colonial 05/22/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 22, 2011 10:07pm]
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