David Toms wins PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Classic, which will move to a new Tucson venue in 2024

TUCSON, Arizona. David Thoms was 6-30 on his first ninth Saturday and led by two shots after 36 holes at the 2023 Cologuard Classic.

On Sunday, he led by four to 11 holes and was still two holes behind when he got to the 18th par-4 hole, the toughest hole on the PGA Tour Champions last season.

And for the third day in a row, 18th was a problem for Thoms, who teed into the lake on the right side of the fairway for the third time.

He said he didn’t see her work on Sunday and only discovered she was wet when he went up there, and that probably helped him not to think about the bad throw for a very long time.

“It was more like ‘Let’s get our drop, let’s get our footage,'” Thoms said. “My caddy Scott said, ‘Hey man, we’re fine. Let’s take a good hit here.”

On 72 holes, he only had five baits, and three of them came on the 18th. After the fall, his approach missed but he got up and down for the scarecrow and that was enough as Thoms closed out with 68 to finish 15 under and beat Robert Karlsson with a strike. Thoms (68-65-68) made 19 birdies in three days and, in addition to the first-place check, also won the Conquistador gold helmet, which is the trophy of the tournament.

He seemed excited to be able to bring it home.

“It’s just one of those things. I always paid attention to this, I saw funny pictures of guys putting it on their heads. I can tell you that my caddy has no chance of putting it on his head,” Toms said.

2023 Cologard Classic
2023 Cologard Classic

David Thoms poses with the trophy after winning the 2023 Cologuard Classic at the Omni Tucson National in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Gene Sauers had a best round on Sunday with 64 points and tied for third place with Mark Hensby (Under 12). Doug Barron finished fifth solo under the age of 11. Lee Janzen and Marco Dawson are tied for sixth place in the under-10s.

Other news this week:

  • Steve Stricker: Draw eighth (70-66-71)

  • Brett Quigley: First round leader recovered from second round 73 with final 69

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez: The reigning tournament champion shot 70-70-69 and finished 7 points short.

  • Bernhard Langer: A record 46th win on the Champions Tour will have to wait as he hits 72-68-70 for 19th.

  • Jerry Kelly: the tournament ambassador also tied for 19th place.

New location in 2024

The Cologuard Classic announced on Sunday that the event will have a new home next season as the 2024 venue will be the Jack Nicklaus-designed La Paloma Country Club. The private club is located about 10 miles northwest of this year’s venue. which has been running since 2015.

Cologuard previously announced an extension of the event’s title sponsorship through 2027.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.


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