Charlie Wi's problems started on No. 10
May, 22, 2011
By Randy Jennings | ESPNDallas.com
FORT WORTH, Texas -- For two days, Charlie Wi battled David Toms head-to-head.
In Saturday's third round, Wi assumed the Crowne Plaza Invitational lead by besting Toms by a convincing eight shots.
But on the second nine of the final round, Wi saw momentum slip away. Toms squeezed out a one-stroke victory with a closing 67, two better than Wi’s 69.
Wi said his bogey on No. 10 from the middle of the fairway was the beginning of a momentum swing to his playing partner. He said he didn’t commit to a misguided approach shot right of the green.
That dropped the pair into a tie at 13-under. Only seven holes earlier, Wi’s lead was three strokes.
Toms' 83-yard hole-out for eagle at No. 11 dropped Wi behind for the first time in the round.
“Well, I’m not going to lie, I was kind of disappointed that the ball went in.,‘’ Wi said. “If it was just six inches away I think that would have been fine. But it went in.’’
Wi, still without a Tour victory, was quick to point out he didn’t give the tournament away.
“I kept it interesting until the last hole, so I’m very pleased with that,’’ Wi said. “David hit some great iron shots down the stretch. He was very precise. I certainly didn’t give it to him. He definitely earned it.’’
Wi trailed by just a shot on the final hole, thanks to a couple of clutch putts, for birdie on No. 16 and for par on No. 17.
“Those were great, great putts,’’ Wi said. “Both of them 10 footers with four to five inches of break. Making those will stay with me for a long time.’’
A playoff was still a possibility until Wi’s 53-foot effort on the final green stayed out to the left.
The runner-up finish was Wi’s fourth on Tour.
“I back-doored into finishing second a couple of times," he said. "But this was the first time where I was going head-to-head. So this is going to be an experience that’s going to help me in the future.’’