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David Toms
— Golfer —
David Toms 2008 PGA Championship cropped.jpg
Toms at the 2008 PGA Championship
Personal information
Full nameDavid Wayne Toms
Born(1967-01-04) January 4, 1967 (age 47)
Monroe, Louisiana
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality United States
ResidenceShreveport, Louisiana
SpouseSonya Toms
ChildrenCarter, Anna
Career
CollegeLouisiana State University
Turned professional1989
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1992)
Former tour(s)Nike Tour
Professional wins17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Web.com Tour2
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT6: 1998
U.S. OpenT4: 2012
The Open ChampionshipT4: 2000
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2001
Achievements and awards
Payne Stewart Award2011
 
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David Toms
— Golfer —
David Toms 2008 PGA Championship cropped.jpg
Toms at the 2008 PGA Championship
Personal information
Full nameDavid Wayne Toms
Born(1967-01-04) January 4, 1967 (age 47)
Monroe, Louisiana
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality United States
ResidenceShreveport, Louisiana
SpouseSonya Toms
ChildrenCarter, Anna
Career
CollegeLouisiana State University
Turned professional1989
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1992)
Former tour(s)Nike Tour
Professional wins17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Web.com Tour2
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT6: 1998
U.S. OpenT4: 2012
The Open ChampionshipT4: 2000
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2001
Achievements and awards
Payne Stewart Award2011

David Wayne Toms (born January 4, 1967) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He has won a total of thirteen events on the PGA Tour including the 2001 PGA Championship. He has spent a considerable amount of time in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 175 weeks between 2001 and 2006[1]) and ranked as high as fifth in 2002 and 2003.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Toms was born in Monroe[2] in northeastern Louisiana. He is the son of Thomas E. "Buster" Toms of Minden in northwestern Louisiana. He won the 15-17 Boys' event at the 1984 Junior World Golf Championships. Toms also played little league baseball with future Major League Baseball players Albert Belle and Ben McDonald.[3][4] After graduating from Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, he attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge,[2] where he was a member of the golf team.[4]

Professional career[edit]

1989–98: Early years and first win[edit]

In 1991, Toms finished T23 at the PGA Tour qualifying school to earn his first full tour card for the 1992 season. Toms made his first three cuts on tour including a third place finish at the Northern Telecom Open, although this was the only top-10 he would make all season. The following season was also a struggle for Toms making just 12 of 32 cuts for the season, of which three were top-10 finishes. In 1994, Toms' lack of success continued on the PGA Tour and he lost his playing rights for the 1995 season.

In 1995, Toms played the entire season on the Nike Tour (now Web.com Tour) with greater success, winning two tournaments, the Greater Greenville Classic and the Wichita Open. This success earned Toms his PGA Tour card for the 1996 season.

Upon his return to the PGA Tour in 1996, Toms had a disappointing season with just two top-10s, however he did manage to qualify for his first major championship of his career at the 1996 U.S. Open where he missed the cut.

In 1997, Toms won his first PGA Tour event at the Quad City Classic, winning by three strokes from Brandel Chamblee. He followed this success in the 1998 season with a runner up finish at the Tucson Chrysler Classic and at his very first visit to Augusta National recorded his best finish in a major championship at the time, with a tied sixth finish at the Masters. Then in his defense of the Quad City Classic, Toms finished in 4th.

1999–2000: Three more wins[edit]

In 1999, Toms enjoyed seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. In September, he won his second Tour title at the Sprint International, by three strokes over David Duval. Toms almost added another title the following week, when he narrowly missed out at the Reno-Tahoe Open, finishing in a tie for 2nd behind Notah Begay III. Toms did, however, win his third PGA Tour title a month later at the Buick Challenge, defeating Stuart Appleby by three strokes.

In 2000, Toms made 26 of 31 cuts, including a tie for 4th at The Open Championship. He won the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, defeating Canadian Mike Weir in a sudden death playoff, giving Toms his fourth Tour victory.

2001: PGA Championship[edit]

Main article: 2001 PGA Championship

The stand out year of Toms' career came in 2001. He had nine top-10 finishes and three wins on tour, one of which was his first major championship, the PGA Championship.[4] Toms won the Compaq Classic of New Orleans by two strokes over Phil Mickelson for his fifth PGA Tour title. That summer, Toms won the PGA Championship by one stroke ahead of Mickelson. His winning score of 265 in the 2001 PGA Championship is the lowest absolute 72-hole score ever recorded in a major championship.[3] Toms followed up his first major win by successfully defending his title at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. At the last event of the year, Toms entered a four-man playoff at The Tour Championship where he, Sergio García and Ernie Els lost out on the first extra hole to Mike Weir.

2002–06: Five more wins[edit]

In 2002, Toms lost in a playoff at the season opening Mercedes Championship to García when the Spaniard made birdie on the first extra hole. He did record a further 12 top-10 finishes with runner up places at the MasterCard Colonial and the Buick Challenge followed by another good showing at The Tour Championship finished in sole third place.

Toms finished runner up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2003 to Tiger Woods losing 2&1 and also finished tied for 8th placing at the Masters. At the Wachovia Championship, he won his eighth PGA Tour title by two strokes over Robert Gamez and then recorded his best showing ever at the U.S. Open finishing in a tie for fifth place. A few weeks later, Toms won his ninth PGA Tour title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic by three strokes over Nick Price.

In 2004, he defended his FedEx St. Jude Classic by finishing six strokes clear of American Bob Estes for his 10th victory on the PGA Tour. Despite this win, Toms endured a relatively steady yet unspectacular season earning over 2.3 million dollars.

Toms enjoyed a much better start to the 2005 season where he had top-10 finishes in five of his first seven events including a win at the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship to record his first World Golf Championship victory. He defeated fellow American Chris DiMarco 6&5 in the 36-hole final on Sunday for his 11th PGA Tour win. Along the way, Toms defeated notable big names such as Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Ian Poulter. Later in the season, he almost defended his FedEx St. Jude Classic title for a third successive year but finished one stroke behind Justin Leonard.

Early in 2006, Toms won his 12th PGA Tour title to date at the Sony Open in Hawaii, finishing five strokes ahead of Chad Campbell and Rory Sabbatini. He then followed up this early season form with a tied second finish at the Ford Championship at Doral behind Tiger Woods and then a tied third finish a week later at The Honda Classic. Toms' form dipped during the rest of season, only recording a further two top-10 finishes.

2007–12: Injuries and comeback[edit]

In 2007, Toms had solid season with a succession of top-10 finishes. Most notably a ninth place finish at the Masters and an equal best tied fifth finish at the U.S. Open. Toms made just over two million in prize money and finished 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings.

Toms struggled during the 2008 season with injuries that forced him to miss large parts of the season and underperform. He only participated in 20 events during the season with only one top-10. He finished the season at 136th on the FedEx Cup standings making just under $800,000.

Toms enjoyed a much better season in 2009 with three runner-up finishes throughout the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii, St. Jude Classic and the Travelers Championship amongst four other top-10 finishes. This form earned Toms a place in the season ending event The Tour Championship and he would go on to finish 19th in the FedEx Cup standings with earnings in excess of three million dollars.

In 2010, Toms had an average season with just two top-10 finishes, his best placing coming at the Wyndham Championship where he finished in second place, one stroke behind the winner Arjun Atwal. Toms made it to the third FedEx Cup playoff event the BMW Championship but did not make it into the top-30 to advance and eventually finished the season 55th in the standings.

Toms started the 2011 season well with a tied fifth finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun and a tied third finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Toms then came close to his first PGA Tour win in five years at The Players Championship where he eventually lost out on the first extra hole to South Korean K. J. Choi. This came despite leading the tournament for the majority of rounds two, three and four. Toms held the lead for the entire final round until he reached the par five 16th hole where he found the water with his second shot. This enabled Choi to take a one shot lead down the 18th hole, however Toms would make a birdie to Choi's par to take the event into a sudden death playoff. At the first extra hole, the 17th, both players found the green with their tee shots. They would both go on to run their birdie attempts past the hole, however Toms would also see his par putt lip out from four feet, allowing Choi to make a three foot putt for the victory.[5]

Toms bounced back the week after his playoff loss to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by one shot over Charlie Wi. Toms tied the PGA Tour scoring record for 36 holes after shooting a pair of 8-under-par 62s for a seven shot lead at the halfway stage. Toms' lead disappeared after a third round 74 when he trailed Wi by one stroke entering the final round. However, in the final round he shot a 67, which included a holed out eagle from the fairway on the 11th hole for a one stroke victory.[6] This was Toms first win in over five years on the PGA Tour. The win guaranteed Toms a place in the U.S. Open and moved him up to 28th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

In June 2012, Toms recorded his best ever performance in a U.S. Open when he finished in a tie for fourth. Toms had been one of the co-leaders of the event after 36 holes, standing at one under par, alongside fellow Americans Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, but his challenge fell apart on day three when he found himself five over for his first six holes on way to a 76. Toms did perform well on Sunday with a two-under round of 68, but fell short by two strokes.

Other ventures[edit]

Golf course design[edit]

Toms owns a golf course design business, which he describes as what he plans to do after his playing days are over. His early works, all in Louisiana, were as a player-consultant, and in renovation and redesign of existing courses.[7] The first course for which he was the lead designer was Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana.[3][8]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2003, Toms created the David Toms Foundation for the purpose of helping underprivileged, abused and abandoned children. Grants are made to programs that are designed to bolster a child's self-esteem, and help him or her develop into a productive citizen. His foundation raised more than $1.5 million for Hurricane Katrina relief. For his efforts, Toms shared the 2006 Golf Writers Association of America's Charlie Bennett Award with fellow Louisianans Kelly Gibson and Hal Sutton.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Toms currently resides in Shreveport, in northwestern Louisiana. He and wife, Sonya, have two children, Carter and Anna.

Professional wins (17)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (11)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s) up
1Jul 13, 1997Quad City Classic−15 (67-66-67-65=265)3 strokesUnited States Brandel Chamblee
2Aug 22, 1999Sprint International47 pts. (16-13-10-8=47)3 pointsUnited States David Duval
3Oct 3, 1999Buick Challenge−17 (68-66-66-71=271)3 strokesAustralia Stuart Appleby
4Oct 8, 2000Michelob Championship at Kingsmill−13 (68-70-67-66=271)PlayoffCanada Mike Weir
5May 6, 2001Compaq Classic of New Orleans−22 (66-63-64=266)2 strokesUnited States Phil Mickelson
6Aug 19, 2001PGA Championship−15 (66-65-65-69=265)1 strokeUnited States Phil Mickelson
7Oct 7, 2001Michelob Championship at Kingsmill−15 (64-70-67-68=269)1 strokeUnited States Kirk Triplett
8May 11, 2003Wachovia Championship−10 (70-69-66-73=278)2 strokesUnited States Robert Gamez
9July 29, 2003FedEx St. Jude Classic−20 (68-67-65-64=264)3 strokesZimbabwe Nick Price
10May 30, 2004FedEx St. Jude Classic−16 (67-63-65-73=268)6 strokesUnited States Bob Estes
11Feb 27, 2005WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship6 & 5United States Chris DiMarco
12Jan 15, 2006Sony Open in Hawaii−19 (66-69-61-69=261)5 strokesUnited States Chad Campbell, South Africa Rory Sabbatini
13May 22, 2011Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial−15 (62-62-74-67=265)1 strokeSouth Korea Charlie Wi

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12000Michelob Championship at KingsmillCanada Mike WeirWon with par on first extra hole
22001The Tour ChampionshipSouth Africa Ernie Els, Spain Sergio García, Canada Mike WeirWeir won with birdie on first extra hole
32002Mercedes ChampionshipSpain Sergio GarcíaLost to birdie on first extra hole
42011The Players ChampionshipSouth Korea K. J. ChoiLost to par on first extra hole

Nike Tour wins (2)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1May 28, 1995NIKE Greater Greenville Classic−21 (67-66-68-66=267)PlayoffUnited States Tom Scherrer
2Jul 20, 1995NIKE Wichita Open−19 (67-67-68-67=269)PlayoffUnited States E.J. Pfister

Other wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2001PGA Championship2 shot lead−15 (66-65-65-69=265)1 strokeUnited States Phil Mickelson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1996199719981999
Masters TournamentDNPDNPT6CUT
U.S. OpenCUTWDDNPCUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPCUTCUTCUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentT49T31T36T8CUTCUTCUT9T42DNP
U.S. OpenT16T66T45T5T20T15WDT5T60CUT
The Open ChampionshipT4CUT83CUTT30DQDNPCUTDNPCUT
PGA ChampionshipT411CUTT29T17T10T16T42T15T36
Tournament2010201120122013
Masters TournamentT14T24T50T13
U.S. OpenT33CUTT4CUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT33T4T427

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied for place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0000361511
U.S. Open0003361710
The Open Championship00011183
PGA Championship1002471713
Totals100611205737

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
2005WGC-Accenture Match Play Championshipn/a6 & 5United States Chris DiMarco

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR32R32QF2R161R16R16R32
Cadillac ChampionshipT11T25NT1T45T13T653T45DNP
Bridgestone InvitationalDNPDNPT13T15T33T6T9T8T61T48
Tournament20092010201120122013
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR64DNPR32R64
Cadillac ChampionshipDNPT50DNPWDDNP
Bridgestone InvitationalT22DNPT9T8DNP
HSBC ChampionsDNPDNPT59DNPDNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
WD = Withdrew Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

Equipment[edit]

As of January 17, 2013[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "PGA Tour Profile – David Toms". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "David Toms bio". The Villas at Carter Plantation. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour Media Guide – David Toms". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Toms misses out in playoff to K. J. Choi". BBC Sport. May 15, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Toms claims Colonial crown". Sky Sports. June 6, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Golf Course Design". davidtoms.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "David Toms". The Carter Plantation. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "David Toms WITB". GolfWRX. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

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