Fantasy Focus: Pick Toms in Tampa
The PGA Tour will close out the 2005 season at two of its better venues, although Hurricane Wilma's effect on western Florida could have a major impact on this week's Chrysler Championship. Vijay Singh (18 under par) annihilated Innisbrook GC en route to his ninth win of the season in 2004 and finished second to Retief Goosen the previous year. Still, it's not a place you'd expect to see a bunch of guys shooting 65s.
I like David Toms, who tied for sixth in his last start (WGC-Amex) and was among those who finished T-6 here in '04. Innisbrook is an ideal course for Toms -- full of tree-lined fairways that bend gently, placing an emphasis on position off the tee.
From there, it's off to East Lake and the Tour Championship, where 18-under is a virtual impossibility -- the greens are too small and tilted to allow anything close to a birdiefest. Because sharp iron play is so crucial, I'm thinking Luke Donald might finally claim his second U.S. title. With just 30 players in the field and a winning score likely to fall between 8- and 12-under, an excellent tough-course player such as Donald feels like a worthy choice. The fact that his only other victory came at the 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic doesn't hurt Donald's cause.
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