David Toms

David Toms

Toms at the 2008 PGA Championship
Personal information
Full name David Wayne Toms
Born January 4, 1967 (1967-01-04) (age 44)
Monroe, Louisiana
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality  United States
Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
College Louisiana State University
Turned professional 1989
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1992)
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 13
Nationwide Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T6: 1998
U.S. Open T5: 2003, 2007
The Open Championship T4: 2000
PGA Championship Won: 2001
Achievements and awards
Payne Stewart Award 2011

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 Rankings (over 175 weeks between 2001 and 2006[1]) and ranked as high as fifth in 2002 and 2003.


Early life and amateur career

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

1989-1998: Early years and first win

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 Nationwide 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

The year 1999 was Toms best season on the PGA Tour with seven top-10 finishes. In September, he won his second PGA Tour event at the Sprint International, by three strokes from compatriot David Duval. Toms almost added another title the following week when he narrowly missed out at the Reno-Tahoe Open finishing tied 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. The success of the season earned Toms close to two million dollars.

In 2000, Toms enjoyed a remarkably successful season making 26 of 31 cuts, with his best placed finish in a major championship of tied 4th at The Open Championship. Also in amongst his success came his fourth career PGA Tour title. He won the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill defeating the Canadian Mike Weir in a sudden death playoff at the first extra hole.

2001: PGA Championship

The stand out year of Toms' career came in 2001 when he had nine top-10 finishes including three wins on tour, one of which was his first major championship, the PGA Championship.[4] He won the Compaq Classic of New Orleans by two strokes over Phil Mickelson for his fifth PGA Tour title. However, it was in the summer when the highlight of Toms' career to date was realized. He won the PGA Championship at a total of 15-under-par to finish 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, with the successful defense of his Michelob Championship at Kingsmill a few weeks later, once again winning by a single stroke for his seventh PGA Tour title. 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.

2002-2006: Five more wins

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.

2007-2011: Injuries and comeback

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 of a place in the U.S. Open and moved him up to 28th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Other ventures

Golf course design

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.[8][3]


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 dollars 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

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

Professional wins (17)

PGA Tour wins (13)

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

PGA Tour playoff record (1-3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Canada Mike Weir Won with par on first extra hole
2 2001 The Tour Championship South Africa Ernie Els, Spain Sergio García, Canada Mike Weir Weir won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2002 Mercedes Championship Spain Sergio García Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 2011 The Players Championship South Korea K. J. Choi Lost to par on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 May 28, 1995 NIKE Greater Greenville Classic -21 (67-66-68-66=267) Playoff United States Tom Scherrer
2 Jul 20, 1995 NIKE Wichita Open -19 (67-67-68-67=269) Playoff United States E.J. Pfister

Other wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
2001 PGA Championship 2 shot lead -15 (66-65-65-69=265) 1 stroke United States Phil Mickelson

Results timeline

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T6 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T49 T31 T36 T8 CUT CUT CUT 9 T42 DNP
U.S. Open T16 T66 T45 T5 T20 T15 WD T5 T60 CUT
The Open Championship T4 CUT 83 CUT T30 DQ DNP CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship T41 1 CUT T29 T17 T10 T16 T42 T15 T36
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament T14 T24
U.S. Open T33 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship T33 T4

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.

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
2005 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 6 & 5 n/a United States Chris DiMarco

Results timeline

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 R32 QF 2 R16 1 R16 R16 R32
Cadillac Championship T11 T25 NT1 T4 5 T13 T6 53 T45 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP T13 T15 T33 T6 T9 T8 T61 T48
Tournament 2009 2010 2011
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R64 DNP
Cadillac Championship DNP T50 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T22 DNP T9
HSBC Champions DNP DNP T59

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
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


See also


External links

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