KJ Choi and David Toms Provide Good Theater at Players Championship

Mike RoozenContributor IIMay 16, 2011

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15:  K.J. Choi of South Korea (R) and David Toms (L) look on from the 18th tee box during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The home of theater golf was home to some pretty good theater Sunday when K.J. Choi edged out David Toms on the first playoff hole at the Players Championship.

Toms let Choi in the door when he turned a potential eagle/sure birdie into a bogey at the 16th hole Sunday, hitting what looked like it should have been a pretty simple hybrid fade into the water instead of onto the green.

Toms battled back from that inexplicable shot, which was not a bad decision, but instead a bad swing, and birdied the 72nd hole to get a shot back and get into the playoff with Choi.

Toms who had a plan in mind to birdie the tough 18th, followed that plan with two perfectly executed shots and a 12-foot putt that rolled as true as they come.

Not sure what he had in mind later when he missed a putt to lose in the playoff that he could probably have made a hundred times blind folded.

Choi continued his imitation of an unrelenting force and battled his way around with sheer determination and stoic unflappability.

He was rewarded for that type of play with a semi-major victory when the full-grind mode he's been in since the final round of the Masters finally paid off.

A few others rose and fell along the way adding to the drama.

Those with notable chances were Paul Guydos and Nick Watney, one who's charge was just a little bit too late, and the other who had the field by the throat but let it go with a bunch of errant shots. 

Speaking of errant shots, and the latest hot topic in golf of players folding with the lead under last round pressure, Graeme McDowell impersonated Rory McIlroy at the Masters and hit it everywhere but the parking lot on his way to a closing round 79.

In any event, it was entertaining golf right down to the final shot.

It was so compelling in the end that Toms' young son wound up crying in his mother's arms.

Choi, the sole survivor of the 12-hour day that included Saturday's rained-out round plus Sunday's finish, accented his acceptance speech at center-stage on the 17th green with mention of both God and Jesus.

All in all it was a great day for golf, the spectator sport.

Now, with so many players in every tournament lately right up until the end, the next big one at the U.S. Open promises to be a riveting show of its own.