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David Toms coasts to five shot victory

Two months after surgery to correct a rapid heart rate, David Toms eased to a five-shot victory at the Sony Open on Sunday, the 12th PGA Tour title of his career.

Co-leader overnight with fellow American Chad Campbell, the ice-cool Toms fired a five-under-par 65 to finish at 19-under 261.

In dazzling sunshine at Waialae Country Club, the 2001 U.S. PGA Championship winner birdied two of the first three holes to take control of the tournament and never looked back after that.

He picked up further shots at the ninth and 10th and it came as a surprise when he ran up his only bogey of the day at the par-four 13th after missing the green to the right with his approach.

Normal order was resumed for the rock-steady American at the par-four 14th, where he rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt, and he picked up his fifth shot of the day at the par-five last.

"I played another solid round today, kept the ball in play and just kept the pressure on Chad," a relaxed Toms told reporters after securing the first prize of $918,000.

"I feel good. I'm confident in my game and my ability and that's what I want to do, to win.

"I was 39 last week and, while not saying I'm close to being done or anything, I have to get it now when I can and, when I do play well, capitalise on it. It's a mindset more than anything else."

Toms, rushed off the course at the 84 Lumber Classic last September with his heart beat racing, no longer has any concerns over his health.

"I'm fine," he added. "That is definitely behind me. I've come a long way from that day in Pennsylvania."

Campbell, chasing his third PGA Tour victory, failed to reproduce his superb third-round form, a level-par 70 leaving him tied for second place at 14 under with South Africa's Rory Sabbatini.

Sabbatini, the first-day leader after opening with a 65, mounted a last-day charge with eight birdies in a blemish-free 62.

"I had a lot of fun out there," Sabbatini said. "I hit the ball nicely and putted great. I kind of had everything working today, just not enough quite to catch David."

Defending champion Vijay Singh, nine stokes off the pace overnight, also finished in style, a 66 lifting him into sixth place at nine under.

Toms and Campbell had transformed the second event on the 2006 PGA Tour into a two-horse race on Saturday after firing sparkling rounds of 61 and 62, Toms setting a tournament record with his nine-under total.

Their closest challengers going into the final round were a distant seven strokes adrift.

Former world number one David Duval produced Sunday's most rousing story, an error-free 63 lifting him into a share of 31st place at two-under 278.

Rekindling memories of his glory days, the 34-year-old American reeled off five birdies in a row from the par-four sixth to trigger thoughts of a possible 59, the second of his career.

"I wanted to do it again today but unfortunately the opportunities after the turn were few and far between," 2001 British Open champion Duval said.

"But I felt very comfortable out there and I was playing well enough to do it. I was as aggressive out there as I could be."

Duval, who made just one cut in 20 starts on last year's PGA Tour, became the third player to shoot a magical 13-under-par 59 on the PGA Tour before eclipsing Tiger Woods as world number one on March 28 1999.



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