Toms wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Former LSU golfer David Toms claimed his second PGA Tour title for 2003 with a 3-stroke victory over Nick Price at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.<br><br>Toms shot a 7-under 64 in his final round on the TPC Southwind Course to overcome Richard S. Johnson's one-stroke lead after Saturday's play.

Price equalled his career low with a 62 on Sunday, one off the course record, but went into the water on the 18th hole when he tried to make a bid for the lead with Toms still on the course.

Toms adds the FedEx St. Jude title to his 2003 resume which also includes a win at the Wachovia Cahmpionship last month. He earned a $810,000 check for claiming first place in Memphis, and has made over $3.15 million in earnings this year on the PGA Tour.

The final round for Toms featured an eagle, eight birdies and three bogeys. He bogeyed on the first hole, allowing Johnson, Price and Lee Janzen to stay in a deadlock for first place.

Toms took the lead with a birdie on the par-3 eighth hole, but Janzen climbed back into a share of first place with birdies on his first two holes on the back nine.

While Janzen and Price encountered difficulties ahead of him, Toms seized the tournament lead with a clutch putt on the par-3 14th hole. He had placed his tee shot on the lower tier of the green, leaving himself a bending up-and-over putt. From 51 feet away, Toms drained the shot to assume first place on his own.

He followed up with an eagle on the par-5 16th to take a four-stroke lead over Price.

Toms, the fourth-place finisher in the 2002 FedEx St. Jude Classic, has long considered the Memphis PGA Tour stop one of his favorites. His swing coach lives there, and Toms has never failed to miss the cut at the event.

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