FORT WORTH, Texas -- David Toms is dominating the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial like no other.
For the second straight day Toms shot a 62, leaving him at 16 under entering the weekend and seven shots clear of the field.
The last time a golfer had such a lead through two rounds at Colonial was Chandler Harper in 1955, who had a seven-stroke advantage en route to his win. Of the nine golfers to hold at least a three-shot lead through two rounds five have gone on to win the tournament.
“The secret is to somehow block it out and get past the people saying stuff to you tee to green or green to tee and get past what I’m doing in here and just go play golf,” Toms said. “Certainly you think about your position but I’ve just got to go out and play well. I don’t know what the conditions are going to be like tomorrow. Obviously it’ll be softer so guys will have an opportunity to shoot low rounds like I’ve had the first two days, so I’ve got to figure I’ve got to keep going. That’s really the mindset: to keep going when I have the opportunity to and t back off and play smart when maybe I should.”
How precise was Toms on Friday?
He hit 11 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens. Not even a rain delay of two hours, 25 minutes could slow him down. At 12 under when the rain came after 10 holes, Toms birdied Nos. 11, 12, 15 and 17. He narrowly missed birdie putts on Nos. 14, 16 and 18.
“My mindset was to just keep making birdies, try to separate myself a little bit,” Toms said.
Toms broke the 36-hole Colonial record set by Steve Stricker, who shot a pair of 63s on his way to winning the 2009 event. It was Toms’ eighth straight round in the 60s at Colonial. His last over-par round here came in the second round of the 2009 event when he shot a 72.