When you can make a quadruple bogey on the 72nd hole and still walk away with a two-stroke victory, you know you've had a great week.
David Toms did just that Sunday in winning the inaugural Wachovia Championship. It was a fluky finish to an otherwise spectacular showing on a course that played U.S. Open-tough.
Some facts and figures from Toms' week:
He led the field in greens in regulation (80.6 percent), and ranked second in fairways hit off the tee (73.2 percent).
Before the dreaded snowman on the par-4 18th Sunday, Toms had gone 24 holes without a bogey, making five birdies in that span.
Toms did all his damage on the par-fives, playing them at 10-under. He was even-par on the rest of the holes.
The only time Toms took more than two putts on any of Quail Hollow's tough greens was on the final hole of the tournament, where he needed four shots to get down from 45 feet.
The victory is the first for Toms since his breakout season in 2001, when he won three events, including the PGA Championship. In the 41 tournaments between titles, Toms had 16 top-10 finishes, including 12 in 2002, when he was fourth on the money list. But he has struggled some in 2003, with just one top-10 and a runner-up finish at the Match Play in 11 events before this week.
Despite the early-season slump, Toms was 23rd on the money list before the Wachovia (he's sixth now) and eighth in the World Ranking. His dominant performance at Quail Hollow has to at least bring him into the conversation when identifying the top players on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods is obviously on a platform all his own, but does Toms warrant a spot on that second tier with Davis Love III, Ernie Els, Mike Weir and Vijay Singh?
Maybe. Maybe not. Better save that question for after the U.S. Open next month.
For more stats and analysis, check out our Weekend Wrapup.