Toms goes seven clear at Colonial

David Toms was in a record-breaking mood on Friday when he blazed into a seven-shot lead at the Colonial CC.

David Toms was in a record-breaking mood on Friday when he blazed into a seven-shot lead in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth..

The super-hot, 44-year-old American veteran, a near forgotten man until he came in from the cold of a 5-year winless drought last week and was only stopped from winning the prestigious Players Championship in the play-off, maintained his sky-high momentum on Friday with a second successive 8-under 62.

That gave the former US PGA Champion and 12-time winner on the US PGA Tour a halfway lead of 16-under 124 and put him seven shots clear of Australians Steve Bowditch and John Senden, American Mark Wilson and Korean Charlie We, who were tied for second at 9-under and put him eight strokes in front of the in-form Rory Sabbatini and Ricky Fowler.

Chez Reavie, who was tied for first with Toms after matching his 62 in the first round, fell back into sole 8th place at 7-under with a second round 71.

Perhaps not as important in terms of the tournament, but certainly significant in terms of golf’s history books, Toms’s 124, 36-hole total matched the PGA Tour record for the lowest-ever halfway mark set two years ago by fellow American Pat Perez at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic.

For the second day running, Toms was once more error free as he ran away from the field with another bogey-free display at Colonial, hitting 17 of the 18 greens in regulation and using only 27 putts in his blistering round.

He birdied the first, fourth, seventh and ninth to stretch his lead to three before, immediately after hitting his tee shot at the 11th,the threat of lightening caused the round to be suspended for two-and-a-half hours.

If the break fazed him, it certainly didn’t show as he picked up four more birdies on the back nine and gave nothing away when he came back onto the course.

“I guess there was a chance to lose some momentum,” Toms told the media afterwards. “But when I came out again the conditions were perfect for scoring.

“My mind set was to just keep making birdies, try to separate myself a little bit. I just went out and played great the last eight holes or so, producing some of the best golf I have played in a long time.”

Toms said the conditions which following the weather delay were typical after a rain shower.

“I’ve done it a hundreds of times at home in Louisiana and that’s what it felt like,” he said. “It was hot, humid, greens were receptive, fairways were receptive. It was all about hitting a shot.

“I had multiple chances where I could hit a perfect eight-iron or perfect nine. When it’s still, without the wind being a factor, you’d like to have those yardages where you can just attack and that’s what I had the last eight holes or so.”

Toms has often held sizeable leads in PGA Tour events and he felt the recipe for success was simply to ignore everyone around him and focus in on the task at hand.

“The secret is to somehow block it out and get past the people (fans) that are saying stuff to you from tee to green or green to tee,” he said. “I’ve just got to go out and play well.

“I got to keep going. That’s the real mind set, to keep going when I have the opportunity to do that. And back off and play smart when maybe I should.”

Adam Scott, who is bidding to become the first player to complete a career sweep of victories in the four PGA Tour events held in Texas, having already won the Houston Open (2007), Byron Nelson Championship (2008) and Texas Open (2010), posted a second round 70 and, 12 shots off the pace, would seem to be a bridge too far to make it.

American Zach Johnson, who won last year’s Colonial title by three shots, was a further stroke back after a 69 and would seem to have even less of a chance.

The cut was set at one-under 139 with former major winners Angel Cabrera, Vijay Singh, Trevor Immelman, David Duval, Ben Curtis and John Daly among those who failed to make it.

Top 10 leaderboard

124 David Toms 62 62
131 Charlie Wi (Kor) 64 67, John Senden (Aus) 65 66, Steven Bowditch (Aus) 67 64, Mark Wilson 65 66
132 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 68 64, Rickie Fowler 63 69
133 Chez Reavie 62 71
134 Kevin Na 69 65, Kent Jones 66 68, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 65 69, Bill Haas 67 67, Marc Leishman (Aus) 66 68.