Toms begins '06 campaign with win

Former LSU All-American David Toms shot 5-under-par 65 and won the Sony Open, the PGA Tour's first full-field event of 2006, on Sunday at the Waialae Country Club.

Toms, a four-year letterwinner at LSU from 1986-89, began the day in a tie with Chad Campbell at 14-under -- each holding a seven-shot advantage to the rest of the field. He finished at 19-under 261.

A professional since 1989 and PGA Tour member since 1991, Toms' 65 came one day after he set a personal and course record (9-under 61), and was good enough to win the 12th tour event of his career by five strokes over Rory Sabbatini and Campbell.

Sabbatini shot 8-under 62 to jump from fifth to second in the final round. His bogey-free final round included six birdies in an eight-hole span from Nos. 3-9.

Toms carded six birdies in the final round with one bogey, putting early pressure on his playing partner Campbell with birdies on Nos. 1 and 3. Campbell recorded 16 pars on the afternoon with only one birdie and one bogey for even-par 70.

With the win, Toms matched his win total in both 2004 and 2005 after just tournments. Two weeks ago, he finished tied for 13th at the 27-player season-opening Mercedes Championship.

With the $918,000 payday, Toms' official PGA Tour career earning improved to $23,529,928 -- good for seventh place in tour history.

According to his website, Toms is next scheduled to play in the FBR Open on Feb. 2-5 at the TPC of Scottsdale, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is not in the field for next weekend's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in La Quinta, Calif. He played in the event last season, placing in a tie for 29th.

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