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Toms headlines depleted St Judes field

For the first time since 1976, the St. Jude Classic will be held in May, but none of the top 10 money leaders and only four tournament winners from this year bothered to show up.

The top-ranked player entered in the US$4.7 million event is defending champion David Toms, who is 16th in the world.

Toms improved his score each day at the Tournament Players Club at Southwind last year and finished at 20-under-par 264, three strokes ahead of Zimbabwe's Nick Price, who closed with a final-round 62.

A former PGA champion, Toms has fallen out of the top 10 because of a wrist injury and continued to struggle last week, finishing 44th at the Colonial. He has two top-10 finishes, but has also missed the cut in six of his 11 starts this year.

John Daly is the top money winner (15th overall) participating in this event. He earned his first victory since the 1995 British Open at the Buick Invitational in February and has four top-10 finishes in 10 starts this year. Daly already has surpassed his previous career-high of 828,914 dollars in 2001.

The other 2004 champions here are Stewart Cink, Australian Craig Parry and Heath Slocum.

Cink won his third career title a month ago at the Heritage, defeating Ted Purdy in a playoff for his first victory since 2000. Nine of his 13 appearances this year have resulted in a top-25 finish.

The TPC at Southwind is a par-71, 7,030-yard layout. First prize is worth US$846,000.

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