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David Toms' goal is to be one of the 10 best players in the world. That's what he was before a wrist injury put him on the disabled list last year following surgery and moved him down in the world rankings.

But his winning performance at the Accenture Match Play Championship left no doubt where he belongs.

Toms moved up seven spots to No. 9 this week. And the $1.3 million first-place check moved him to No. 6 on the career money list with more than $20 million.

"My desire is to be a top-10 player every year," Toms said. "I feel like if I'm playing well I can be a top 10 player. As far as a top-five player, I feel like I have limitations. Year in and year out, week after week, there are a handful of guys that are just better than I am."

As for the $20 million, Toms tries to put it in perspective.

"That's just a reflection of what the purses have done the last four or five years," said Toms, who has won 11 times, including the 2001 PGA Championship. "As far as tournament wins and performances, there are a lot of guys that have had lot better careers than me.

"I'm just going to chalk that up to I'm in golf at the right time. I have played well, but I'm obviously in it at the right time. Tiger got us to this new level and I'm enjoying it."

Tiger Woods, who started playing professionally in 1996, is the career money leader with $46.5 million. Jack Nicklaus, the man Woods is trying to supplant as the greatest player of all time, is No. 105 on the list -- between Tommy Armour III and Rich Beem -- with $5.7 million.

Last week's victory and the manner in which it was achieved has Toms looking ahead to the rest of the season.

"This is by far the best I've ever done at this stage of a year," he said. "So I can only use that as a stepping stone to hopefully do something special this year and get up there high on the money list.

"It was my goal to make the Presidents Cup team, and I certainly think this helped that."

 

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