How long his hot streak lasts may be determined by his left wrist, which is beset by arthritis. "Arthritis is in my family," Toms says. "When I was growing up, my grandma had to soak her hands in hot wax every night. My dad's fingers had knobs all over from arthritis. I don't know if I'll ever be 100 percent."
Toms played so well on Sunday that an official driving a cart loaded with the Match Play trophy and a large wooden podium for the winner's ceremony began riding along behind Toms and DiMarco when they reached the 27th hole because the match could've ended there. DiMarco birdied that hole and the first three on the back nine to stay alive. The podium and trophy were finally unloaded at the 31st after a Toms birdie.
During the ceremony Toms was carefully handed the handsome trophy, which comes in three pieces--base, cup and lid--and asked to pose for photos. "Don't ask me to lift it over my head," Toms said, joking. The trophy was the only thing he didn't elevate at La Costa.