Love, Toms still aiming for Masters

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MARANA, Ariz. --- Davis Love III began the year with a No. 77 world ranking. David Toms was at No. 113. They knew they would have to play well on the West Coast to qualify for the World Golf Championships, and eventually the bigger prize of getting in the Masters Tournament.

Both made significant progress. But they're not quite there.

Love, a runner-up at Kapalua, at least made it to the Accenture Match Play Championship, where he beat Henrik Stenson in the opening round. But his loss on the 18th hole to Justin Leonard in the next round might have proved costly.

If he had won, Love would have gone inside the top 50 in the rankings and qualified for the CA Championship next week at Doral.

Toms is in a more precarious spot.

He was a runner-up at the Sony Open and tied for fourth in Phoenix, but he narrowly missed out qualifying for Match Play. Toms tied for sixth at the Mayakoba Classic last week.

Toms is not eligible for Doral. He is ranked No. 64, so Toms will have only two tournaments to move into the top 50 and qualify for the Masters.

He has had Augusta National Golf Club on his mind all year.

"Every time I see the Masters preview come on, it drives me crazy," Toms said. "I'm working toward that."

RESHUFFLE: Webb Simpson opened his rookie season with consecutive top 10s at the Sony Open and Bob Hope Classic, and it paid off.

Simpson has earned $401,894 and is 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings, moving him to the top of the priority list for Q-school and Nationwide Tour grads.

The higher players are on the list, the better chance they have of getting into tournaments.


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