The Curious Case of Tommy Tolles

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I have always been a fan of Tommy Tolles. We were born ten days appart in the same year, so I grew up watching him play.



I always thought he was a great player, with a great name, and he gave swag a whole new meaning. He was always classy, with a very nice swing, and to me represented what a professional golfer ought to look like.



1996 and 1997 were his best years on tour with a third at the 96 PGA Championship, a third at the 97 Masters, a tied for 5th at the 97 U.S. Open, and one spot short of making the 97 Ryder Cup.



Unfortunately, that was pretty much it after a few unremarkable seasons in the mini tours. I really missed him on tour.



Fast forward to 2018. Tommy is playing in the PGA Champions Tour and doing really well. He went through Qualifying School, worked hard and he’s back at it. He’s in the mix in the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs and I’m very happy for him, his family, and I wish him all the success.



I guess I just wanted to talk about a player that admired a lot.





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  • MarkFromTheUKMarkFromTheUK  4639WRX Points: 145Handicap: KneeMembers Posts: 4,639 Titanium Tees
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    That’s certainly a blast from the past. Haven’t seen his name for about 20 years!
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  • chigolfer1chigolfer1  1232WRX Points: 295Members Posts: 1,232 Platinum Tees
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    That’s certainly a blast from the past. Haven’t seen his name for about 20 years!




    Gotta say, this is one of the coolest aspects of this tour. Where else do you literally get a second chance like that in sports 20 years past when you last played professionally at a high level.
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  • HankshankHankshank  1901WRX Points: 388Members Posts: 1,901 Platinum Tees
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    What is curious?
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  • golfgirlrobingolfgirlrobin Northern California 2382WRX Points: 413Handicap: 2.0Members Posts: 2,382 Platinum Tees
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    I remember back in the mid 90’s when Tolles and Paul Stankowski were going to be the next big thing.
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  • BMCBMC  3814WRX Points: 765Handicap: YESMembers Posts: 3,814 Titanium Tees
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    He missed hitting me with a par 5 approach shot by 5 feet at the SAS Championship two weeks ago (at the club where I work).



    He's incredibly fit for a 50 year old. I heard he'd been doing landscaping work. Best of luck to him on the Champions tour.
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  • aliikanealiikane  1685WRX Points: 161Handicap: 2Members Posts: 1,685 Platinum Tees
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    A lot of players are re-igniting their careers on the Champions tour. Champions tour has a lot of fans and is very successful because it is the players that you have watched over the years and know.
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  • rangersgoalierangersgoalie  1926WRX Points: 397Members Posts: 1,926 Platinum Tees
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    Had pretty serious injuries too
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  • PhiresidePhireside  1275WRX Points: 159Members Posts: 1,275 Platinum Tees
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    He was in the same group as MAJ at the Boeing. Followed that group the full 18. He had a terrible day that day, but the one I thing I recall was that his caddy seemed to be a guy out of the crowd. Just carried the bag and followed Tommy around. Tommy raked his own bunkers that day with a little help for MAJ's guy chipping in too.
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984  5813WRX Points: 1,307Handicap: 3Members Posts: 5,813 Titanium Tees
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    I remember back in the mid 90’s when Tolles and Paul Stankowski were going to be the next big thing.




    As soon as I read Tommy Tolles they next name that came in to my head was Paul Stankowski! 49 in December according to google so maybe a run at the Champions Tour for him in 2020.
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    He did an interview on the GC the other night on Champions Tour Learning center--- Had the full beard thing going too--- Said he was glad to be back playing competitive golf again. I have always enjoyed the Champions Tour because back in the past you had good players that came out of the ProShop and did pretty well guys like Larry Loretti. You had guys that came from nowhere with no professional golf pedigree like Walt Zembriski and the guy they called the Beer Man. BTW Langer was born the same year as I was he is a month older than I am. I actually like everyone on that tour. Know some of the guys on that tour. Rocco and Scott McCarron are always interesting and MAJ has added a lot of flair to that tour too.
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  • OldTomMorrisOldTomMorris Edinburgh, Scotland 3207WRX Points: 1,074Members Posts: 3,207 Titanium Tees
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    Finished T2 alongside Monty @ Sawgrass in 96 when Couples won for there for the second time. Tolles had the 54 hole lead but shot 72 whereas Couples shot 64 to win by 4 but it seemed a lot closer. I'm sure Couples eagled 16 then birdied 17.
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  • FergusonFerguson  5677WRX Points: 2,964Handicap: 6.8Members Posts: 5,677 Titanium Tees
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    Did Tommy learn what it's like to fall in the mud and get kicked in the head with an iron boot?

    Of course he didn't, no one does. It never happens.





    The point being is that he faced personal struggles and he's back.
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  • sixtysevensixtysevensixtysevensixtyseven  2028WRX Points: 2Members Posts: 2,028 BST Banned
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    I have kind of the same story with Ty Tryon. I took second place to him in like 6 tournaments when we were kids and he just flamed out totally. It only took him a year to fall off the planet where Tommy had a nice run of a couple years at least.
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  • sui generissui generis  4386WRX Points: 724Members Posts: 4,386 Titanium Tees
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    Hankshank wrote:


    What is curious?




    It's simply alliteration. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • moonshinemoonshine 64 @ Augusta? No problem! North Charleston, SC 6376WRX Points: 173Handicap: 2.4ClubWRX Posts: 6,376 Titanium Tees
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    Was he not like the first guy to play Tommy Hilfiger golf clothes? I have never seen the stuff...ever.
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  • gr00vetechgr00vetech  501WRX Points: 67Handicap: 1.9Members Posts: 501 Golden Tee
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    Played with him earlier this year while he was practicing at the club I work at. He seems like he finally is feeling healthy physically and was motivated to play. Certainly not surprised to see the success from what I saw from him that week.
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    I like comeback stories. Thinks for bringing him up!
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    aliikane wrote:


    A lot of players are re-igniting their careers on the Champions tour. Champions tour has a lot of fans and is very successful because it is the players that you have watched over the years and know.




    In my opinion, as the regular tour guys, as well as some who weren't able to keep their card, get older and decide to play on the Champions it's going to gain more and more viewers because of the fact that they have more names that more people are recognizing and are able to get behind. It can only be a good thing for that tour.
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  • HankshankHankshank  1901WRX Points: 388Members Posts: 1,901 Platinum Tees
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    Hankshank wrote:


    What is curious?




    Dude, is just a title. Holy s***!


    Ah. Americano is not my mother language.
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  • smeech8000smeech8000 Ev'ryday I'm Trufflin'  2426WRX Points: 85Handicap: 3.3Members Posts: 2,426 Platinum Tees
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    I remember back in the mid 90’s when Tolles and Paul Stankowski were going to be the next big thing.




    Yep. Then Stank went and signed a shoe sandal deal with Bite Footwear.



    https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/paul-stankowski-wears-his-sandal-golf-shoes-during-the-sony-news-photo/72305881






    I have kind of the same story with Ty Tryon. I took second place to him in like 6 tournaments when we were kids and he just flamed out totally. It only took him a year to fall off the planet where Tommy had a nice run of a couple years at least.




    At least he capitalized and got himself into not one but TWO Tiger Woods video games!



    (TW 2003 & 2004 for those of you keeping score at home)
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  • bullsfanbullsfan  488WRX Points: 78Members Posts: 488 Greens
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    Back in 1999 I was invited to play in the Honda Classic Pro Am in south Florida. Tommy was my playing partner and we had a blast playing together. Cool guy and I have always rooted for him as well. I myself am glad to see him playing on the Champions Tour. Hope he does well.
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