David Toms's comeback from wrist surgery is complete.
Toms started the final round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis with a seven-stroke lead yesterday, and nothing -- not even windy conditions -- could stop him from repeating as champion.
Toms shot a 2-over-par 73 and still finished with a six-stroke victory over Bob Estes for his 10th PGA Tour victory and first since winning here last June.
"I just had to grind it all the way out," Toms said. "It was a tough day for everybody. I knew it would be tough for anybody to shoot a low score. I knew as long as I could hang in there and make a lot of pars, I'd be okay."
This is the eighth time in Toms's career that he entered the final round with at least a share of the lead after 54 holes. He has won six of those times, including five straight.
With the victory, the 37-year-old Toms is one of only five players under 40 on tour with 10 or more victories. He also becomes just the third golfer to win consecutive titles at the tour stop in Memphis, and the first since the tournament moved to the TPC at Southwind in 1989. Dave Hill won in 1969 and 1970, while Lee Trevino took the titles in 1971 and 1972 at Colonial Country Club.
But for Toms, his performance in building the largest 54-hole lead on tour this year made yesterday's win much more meaningful than last year's victory.
A year ago, Toms said he had been playing great golf for three or four years in a row. Now, he is coming off December surgery to remove bone chips from his left wrist, an injury that kept him from touching a club in the offseason.
He finished with a 16-under 268 and claimed the $846,000 paycheck.
Estes birdied the final hole for a 69 that put him into second with a 274 total. Steve Lowery (67) and Tim Herron (70) tied for third at 275.
* LPGA: Add the Corning Classic to Annika Sorenstam's impressive resume.
Sorenstam shot a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Michelle Estill and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman in Corning, N.Y.
It was Sorenstam's third victory in six tournaments this year, No. 51 overall and her 16th come-from-behind triumph. And it came a year after Sorenstam had skipped Corning to play against the men at Colonial.
Sorenstam finished at 18-under 270 and pocketed $150,000 to take over the top spot on the money list from Grace Park.
* SENIOR PGA: Hale Irwin held a one-shot lead over Dave Barr and Jay Haas when the final round was suspended at the rain-plagued Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville.
A powerful front that spawned tornados in Indiana moved through the area, triggering the fourth delay in four days. The players were due to resume their final rounds early today.
Irwin completed just one hole in his final round and was at 7 under. The leader after the first three rounds had nine holes left on his suspended third round yesterday morning, and he finished it up with his second straight 69.
He bogeyed No. 1 just before play was halted.
Jack Nicklaus withdrew after struggling with the course he designed. The 64-year-old Nicklaus shot a third-round 76 yesterday. He backed out of the tournament after two bogeys on the front nine of his final round.
* EUROPE: Scotland's Scott Drummond, ranked 435th in the world, shot an 8-under 64 to win the Volvo PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England.
Drummond was a reserve for the tournament and learned only on Wednesday that he would be playing.