Toms earns 3rd top 10 finish at The Master's

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Former LSU All-American David Toms entered Sunday's final round in a tie for eighth and posted an even-par round of 72 on the final day to finish in sole possession of ninth place at the 2007 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

The Monroe, La., native opened the PGA Tour's first major championship of the season with a solid round of 2-under 70 on Thursday, followed by a 6-over 78 on Friday and a 2-over 74 on Saturday before finishing the weekend with a 72-hole score of 6-over 294.


Toms, who earned his best finish at The Masters since tying for eighth place in 2003, has now earned a total of seven Top 10 finishes in major championships during his illustrious PGA Tour career, including a win at the 2001 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.


In addition, Toms has also earned an automatic invitation to compete in The Masters next season as he has done so each in year since 1998. In fact, his best finish at the event came in 1998 when he tied for sixth place with a four-day total of 5-under 283, including an impressive 8-under 64 in the final round.


Zach Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned his first career victory in a major championship as he pulled away from the pack with three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine to close with a 3-under 69 and a two-shot victory over Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini. It was only the second victory of his career.


The 31-year-old PGA Tour veteran and former Drake University standout finished at 1-over 289 for the championship, matching a Masters record last set in 1956 for the highest winning score. It also ended a streak of the winner coming out of the final group every year since 1991.


The PGA Tour's second major championship of the season is scheduled for June 14-17 as the U.S. Open Championship returns to historic Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. Australian Geoff Ogilvy is the defending champion as he won the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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