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David Wayne Toms (born January 4, 1967) is an American professional golfer, who currently plays on the PGA Champions Tour. From 1992 to 2017, Toms was a member of the PGA Tour, where he won 13 events, including one major, the 2001 PGA Championship. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 175 weeks between 2001 and 2006, and ranked as high as fifth in 2002 and 2003.

Early life and amateur career

Toms was born in Monroe in northeastern Louisiana. He is the son of Thomas Edward "Buster" Toms of Minden in northwestern Louisiana. Toms 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. After graduating from Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, he attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he was a member of the golf team.

Professional career

1989–98: 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 earn all season. The following season was also a struggle for Toms as he made 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 the Korn Ferry 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 over Brandel Chamblee. He followed this success in the 1998 season with a runner-up finish at the Tucson Chrysler Classic. At his first visit to Augusta National, he recorded his best finish in a major championship at the time with a T-6 at the Masters. In his defense of the Quad City Classic title, Toms finished fourth.

1999–2000: Three more wins

In 1999, Toms enjoyed seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. In September, he won his second 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 T-2 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 fourth 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


The standout 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. Toms won the Compaq Classic of New Orleans by two strokes over Phil Mickelson for his fifth PGA Tour title. That summer, Toms won a major, the PGA Championship, by one stroke over Mickelson. His winning score of 265 in the 2001 PGA Championship was the lowest absolute 72-hole score ever recorded in a major championship, until Henrik Stenson shot 264 in the 2016 Open Championship. 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 on the first extra hole to Mike Weir.

2002–06: 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 finishes at the MasterCard Colonial and the Buick Challenge followed by a sole third-place finish at The Tour Championship.
Toms finished runner-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2003 to Tiger Woods, losing 2&1, and also finished tied for eighth 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 T-5. 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 steady yet unspectacular season earning over 2.3 million dollars.
Toms enjoyed a much better start to the 2005 season in which he had top-10 finishes in five of his first seven events, including a win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play 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 notables including 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 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, finishing five strokes ahead of Chad Campbell and Rory Sabbatini. He followed up this early season form with a T-2 finish at the Ford Championship at Doral behind Tiger Woods and then a T-3 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

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 T-5 at the U.S. Open. Toms made just over $2 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 136th on the FedEx Cup standings, making just under $800,000.
Toms enjoyed a much better season in 2009, with three runner-up finishes 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 The Tour Championship. He would finish 19th in the FedEx Cup standings with earnings over $3 million.
In 2010, Toms had just two top-10 finishes, his best placing coming at the Wyndham Championship where he finished in second place, one stroke behind 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 T-5 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun and a T-3 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 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, but Toms would also see his par putt lip out from four feet, allowing Choi to make a three-foot putt for the victory.
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. 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 T-4. Toms had been one of the co-leaders after 36 holes 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 his 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

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. The first course for which he was the lead designer was Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana.

Philanthropy

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.

Personal life

Toms currently resides in Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana. He and wife, Sonya, have two children, Carter and Anna. In 2015, his son Carter signed to play for Louisiana State University.

Professional wins (18)

PGA Tour wins (13)

{
-
Legend
-
Major championships (1)
-
World Golf Championships (1)
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Other PGA Tour (11)
{
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightJul 13, 1997
Quad City Classic
67-66-67-65=265
align=center−15
3 strokes
Brandel Chamblee, Robert Gamez,
Jimmy Johnston
-
align=center2
align=rightAug 22, 1999
Sprint International
align=center colspan=247 pts (16-13-10-8=47)
3 points
David Duval
-
align=center3
align=rightOct 3, 1999
Buick Challenge
68-66-66-71=271
align=center−17
3 strokes
Stuart Appleby
-
align=center4
align=rightOct 8, 2000
Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
68-70-67-66=271
align=center−13
Playoff
Mike Weir
-
align=center5
align=rightMay 6, 2001
Compaq Classic of New Orleans
66-73-63-64=266
align=center−22
2 strokes
Phil Mickelson
-
align=center6
align=rightAug 19, 2001
PGA Championship
66-65-65-69=265
align=center−15
1 stroke
Phil Mickelson
-
align=center7
align=rightOct 7, 2001
Michelob Championship at Kingsmill (2)
64-70-67-68=269
align=center−15
1 stroke
Kirk Triplett
-
align=center8
align=rightMay 11, 2003
Wachovia Championship
70-69-66-73=278
align=center−10
2 strokes
Robert Gamez, Brent Geiberger,
Vijay Singh
-
align=center9
align=rightJun 29, 2003
FedEx St. Jude Classic
68-67-65-64=264
align=center−20
3 strokes
Nick Price
-
align=center10
align=rightMay 30, 2004
FedEx St. Jude Classic (2)
67-63-65-73=268
align=center−16
6 strokes
Bob Estes
-
align=center11
align=rightFeb 27, 2005
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
colspan=3 align=center6 & 5
Chris DiMarco
-
align=center12
align=rightJan 15, 2006
Sony Open in Hawaii
66-69-61-65=261
align=center−19
5 strokes
Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini
-
align=center13
May 22, 2011
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
62-62-74-67=265
align=center−15
1 stroke
Charlie Wi
PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
{
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
2000
Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
Mike Weir
Won with par on first extra hole
-
align=center2
2001
The Tour Championship
Ernie Els, Sergio García,
Mike Weir
Weir won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center3
2002
Mercedes Championships
Sergio García
Lost to birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center4
2011
The Players Championship
K. J. Choi
Lost to par on first extra hole

Nike Tour wins (2)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Date!!Tournament!!Winning score!!To par!!Margin of
victory!!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=rightMay 28, 1995
Nike Greater Greenville Classic
67-66-68-66=267
align=center−19
Playoff
Tom Scherrer
-
align=center2
align=rightJul 30, 1995
Nike Wichita Open
67-67-68-67=269
align=center−19
Playoff
E. J. Pfister
Nike Tour playoff record (2–1)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent!!Result
-
align=center1
1990
Ben Hogan Lake City Classic
Jim McGovern
Lost to par on fourth extra hole
-
align=center2
1995
Nike Greater Greenville Classic
Tom Scherrer
Won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center3
1995
Nike Wichita Open
E. J. Pfister
Won with eagle on second extra hole

Other wins (2)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Date!!Tournament!!Winning score!!To par!!Margin of
victory!!Runners-up
-
align=center1
align=rightNov 14, 1999
Hassan II Golf Trophy
align=right275
align=center−17
Playoff
Miguel Ángel Martín, Chris Perry
-
align=center2
align=rightJun 23, 2009
CVS Caremark Charity Classic
(with Nick Price)
align=right66-60=126
align=center−16
3 strokes
Laura Diaz and Matt Kuchar
Other playoff record (1–1)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponents!!Result
-
align=center1
1999
Hassan II Golf Trophy
Miguel Ángel Martín, Chris Perry
-
align=center2
2002
CVS Charity Classic
(with Stewart Cink)
Chris DiMarco and Dudley Hart
Lost to birdie on third extra hole

PGA Tour Champions wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
-
Legend
-
Senior major championships (1)
-
Other Champions Tour events (0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runners-up
-
align=center1
Jul 1, 2018
U.S. Senior Open
−3 (70-71-66-70=277)
1 stroke
Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jerry Kelly,
Tim Petrovic

Major championships

Wins (1)

{class="wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner-up
-
2001 PGA Championship 2 shot lead−15 (66-65-65-69=265) 1 stroke Phil Mickelson

Results timeline

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !! 1996 !! 1997 !! 1998 !! 1999
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T6
CUT
-
align=leftU.S. Open
CUT
WD
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
-
align=leftPGA Championship
CUT
CUT
CUT
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !! 2000 !! 2001 !! 2002 !! 2003 !! 2004 !! 2005 !! 2006 !! 2007 !! 2008 !! 2009
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T49
T31
T36
T8
CUT
CUT
CUT
9
T42
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T16
T66
T45
T5
T20
T15
WD
T5
T60
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T4
CUT
83
CUT
T30
DQ
CUT
CUT
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T41
1
CUT
T29
T17
T10
T16
T42
T15
T36
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !! 2010 !! 2011 !! 2012 !! 2013 !! 2014 !! 2015 !! 2016 !! 2017 !! 2018
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T14
T24
T50
T13
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T33
CUT
T4
CUT
CUT
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T33
T4
T42
7
CUT
CUT
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!2019
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
-
align=leftPGA Championship
-
align=leftU.S. Open
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied for place

Summary

{ class=wikitable style=text-align:center
!Tournament !! Wins !! 2nd !! 3rd !! Top-5 !! Top-10 !! Top-25 !! Events !! Cuts made
-
align=leftMasters Tournament 0 0 0 0 3 6 15 11
-
align=leftPGA Championship 1 0 0 2 4 7 19 13
-
align=leftU.S. Open 0 0 0 3 3 6 20 10
-
align=leftThe Open Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 3
-
!Totals !! 1 !! 0 !! 0 !! 6 !! 11 !! 20 !! 62 !! 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2000 Masters – 2001 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1992
!1993
!1994
!1995
!1996
!1997
!1998
!1999
-
align=leftThe Players Championship
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
T20
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!2000
!2001
!2002
!2003
!2004
!2005
!2006
!2007
!2008
!2009
-
align=leftThe Players Championship
T38
T12
T19
CUT
CUT
T68
CUT
T64
T32
T9
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!2010
!2011
!2012
!2013
!2014
!2015
-
align=leftThe Players Championship
CUT
2
T10
CUT
T13
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
-
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner-up
-
2005
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
align=centern/a
align=center colspan=26 & 5
Chris DiMarco

Results timeline

{ class="wikitable"
!Tournament!!1999!!2000!!2001!!2002!!2003!!2004!!2005!!2006!!2007!!2008!!2009!!2010!!2011!!2012!!2013
-
align="left"Match Play
R32
R32
QF
2
R16
1
R16
R16
R32
R64
R32
R64
-
align="left"Championship
T11
T25
NT1
T4
5
T13
T6
53
T45
T50
WD
-
align="left"Invitational
T13
T15
T33
T6
T9
T8
T61
T48
T22
T9
T8
-
align="left"Champions
colspan=10
T59
1Cancelled due to 9/11
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
WD = Withdrew
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Senior major championships

Wins (1)

{class="wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runners-up
-
2018 U.S. Senior Open 1 shot lead −3 (70-71-66-70=277) 1 stroke Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jerry Kelly,
Tim Petrovic

Senior results timeline

{cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !! 2017 !! 2018 !! 2019!!2020
-
align=leftThe Tradition
T6
T27
T2
NT
-
align=leftSenior PGA Championship
7
T10
NT
-
align=leftU.S. Senior Open
CUT
1
T2
NT
-
align=leftSenior Players Championship
T31
T28
T46
T33
-
align=leftThe Senior Open Championship
T32
NT
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. national team professional appearances

  • Ryder Cup: 2002, 2004, 2006
  • World Cup: 2002
  • Presidents Cup: 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2011 (winners)

See also

  • 1991 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
  • 1995 Nike Tour graduates
  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
  • List of men's major championships winning golfers

External links

  • David Toms Foundation Official Site

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