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That might not even have been his most nervous moment.
“We played one year when it was just absolutely freezing here, and standing on that tee to a back left pin, you think it’s no big deal, it’s a back left pin,” he said. “But the wind is coming in off the left, and if it comes through that chute _ you have the grandstand, you have the trees _ and it comes through that little chute and you can see the flag just bending. I don’t feel comfortable from 155, 160 yards hitting a little chip 5-iron, so that’s a hard shot, especially when there’s no bailout.
“But I hit a little chip 5 iron on the green and was happy to make my par.”
Toms returned to the 17th during practice rounds this week. If there were bad memories, they didn’t linger. Toms has been there too many times before. He knows what can happen, even when a ball appears to be safe on the green. It just happened to him, allowing K.J. Choi to win in a playoff.
“To be quite honest, what I did last year has nothing to do with what takes place tomorrow morning,” he said Wednesday. “I have to go out and prove it to myself and play those holes; that I can do it again and try to get right back in the mix. A lot of things have to go right, on any given week, for you to have a chance to win. That will be no different this week.”
Toms did not protest that it was used in a playoff. He did not care that the island green came so late in the round.
“It’s the 17th hole. It’s an island green. A lot can happen,” Toms said. “I think it’s great for this tournament, for the fan base. Maybe not great for the players having to play it late in a round or trying to win a golf tournament, because there’s really no bailout room. I think it creates a lot of buzz for this even. I just approach it that way. You’ve got to play the hole four times, and hopefully, you hit good shots.”
In his case, he had to play it five times, which turned out to be one time too many.
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