Musings and Mulligans

Roy Lang III is The Times Assistant Sports Editor. He played golf at Centenary College. He has covered six major golf championships and also covered last year’s Ryder Cup. As an added bonus, both Hal Sutton and David Toms are on his speed-dial.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Double Bogeys Plague Toms Again

Shreveport's David Toms, while playing some of the best golf of his career this year, has been bitten more than once by a "big number." In golf a big number usually means a double bogey or worse.

Toms' victory at the Match Play in February could have company if not for a few big mistakes along the way.

Thursday, during the first round of the British Open, the former LSU star was cruising around the Old Course at 3-under through 10 holes. After a bogey on No. 11, Toms made his first of two doubles at the 465-yard par-4 13th hole. Another double at the famous 17th sent Toms to a 2-over 74.

The Airline High product went from the leaderboard to fighting to make the cut in less than two hours.