David Toms wins Accenture trophy

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Golfgeneric.jpg' class='caption'> David Toms beat Chris DiMarco by a record 6 and 5 in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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David Toms delivered the most dominant performance in the seven-year history of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, beating Chris DiMarco by a record 6 and 5 in an all-American 36-hole final on Sunday at La Costa Resort. The former US PGA champion won eight out of nine holes on the opening back nine to leave DiMarco with an almost impossible task in the afternoon's play. Toms earned US$1.3 million for his 11th career U.S. PGA Tour victory, and first World Golf Championship title. It was the fourth consecutive all-American final in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Given the quality of the field, David Toms and Chris DiMarco were not, perhaps, the likeliest pairing to be going head-to-head in the competition. Nevertheless, the final was expected to be an even, hard-fought contest. Big lead Instead, however, in the morning round Toms won eight holes on the back nine to build the largest ever final round lead in Match Play Championship history. Toms, who reached the final for the second time with some quite sensational approach play in his semi-final win over Ian Poulter of England, again relied heavily on superbly accurate iron shots. Runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2003, Toms shifted into top gear after the ninth hole with birdies on five of the next six holes. Already 5 up, Toms then watched as DiMarco collapsed under the relentless pressure and carded bogeys on 16 and 17 to add two more holes to his friend's advantage. DiMarco managed to pull a shot back at the 18th, but considering that nobody had ever come from more than one hole down in the morning to win the 36-hole final, the prospects looked more than ominous for the man from Huntington, New York. Toms maintained the pressure after lunch, making birdie on the sixth and seventh to increase his advantage to 8 up. And when DiMarco bogeyed the eighth it looked as though it was all over. Gritty competitor But the New Yorker is a gritty competitor and when Toms dropped a shot at the ninth DiMarco carded three successive birdies. But Toms refused to fold. He matched DiMarco's birdie at the 11th - just inches away from an eagle that would have won the hole. Six down with six to play, DiMarco's comeback came to an end on the par-four 13th when Toms sunk a 10 foot putt to clinch victory. In a truly dominating display of golf, Toms needed just 31 of the scheduled 36-hole final to seal the triumph - the most comprehensive win in the history of the event, and one which brought the 38-year-old a winner's cheque of US$1.3 million. The previous largest margin of victory in a final was Darren Clarke's 4 and 3 win over Tiger Woods in 2000. For Toms, a former PGA champion, it represented an 11th victory on the Tour - and a first Match Play title. In the playoff for third and fourth place, South Africa's Retief Goosen chipped in on the 20th hole to beat Englishman Ian Poulter, who had enjoyed a good run to the semi-finals. (AP)

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