Toms at the 2008 PGA Championship
|Full name||David Wayne Toms|
January 4, 1967 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
|College||Louisiana State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1992)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T6: 1998|
|U.S. Open||T4: 2012|
|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) 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 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. 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.
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 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
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
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. 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. 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
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
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.
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 of a place in the U.S. Open and moved him up to 28th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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.
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.
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.
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
|1||Jul 13, 1997||Quad City Classic||–15 (67-66-67-65=265)||3 strokes||Brandel Chamblee|
|2||Aug 22, 1999||Sprint International||47 pts. (16-13-10-8=47)||3 points||David Duval|
|3||Oct 3, 1999||Buick Challenge||–17 (68-66-66-71=271)||3 strokes||Stuart Appleby|
|4||Oct 8, 2000||Michelob Championship at Kingsmill||–13 (68-70-67-66=271)||Playoff||Mike Weir|
|5||May 6, 2001||Compaq Classic of New Orleans||–22 (66-63-64=266)||2 strokes||Phil Mickelson|
|6||Aug 19, 2001||PGA Championship||–15 (66-65-65-69=265)||1 stroke||Phil Mickelson|
|7||Oct 7, 2001||Michelob Championship at Kingsmill||–15 (64-70-67-68=269)||1 stroke||Kirk Triplett|
|8||May 11, 2003||Wachovia Championship||–10 (70-69-66-73=278)||2 strokes||Robert Gamez|
|9||July 29, 2003||FedEx St. Jude Classic||–20 (68-67-65-64=264)||3 strokes||Nick Price|
|10||May 30, 2004||FedEx St. Jude Classic||–16 (67-63-65-73=268)||6 strokes||Bob Estes|
|11||Feb 27, 2005||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||6 & 5||Chris DiMarco|
|12||Jan 15, 2006||Sony Open in Hawaii||–19 (66-69-61-69=261)||5 strokes||Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini|
|13||May 22, 2011||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial||–15 (62-62-74-67=265)||1 stroke||Charlie Wi|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
|1||2000||Michelob Championship at Kingsmill||Mike Weir||Won with par on first extra hole|
|2||2001||The Tour Championship||Ernie Els, Sergio García, Mike Weir||Weir won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2002||Mercedes Championship||Sergio García||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2011||The Players Championship||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||Tom Scherrer|
|2||Jul 20, 1995||NIKE Wichita Open||–19 (67-67-68-67=269)||Playoff||E.J. Pfister|
Other wins (2)
|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|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||T4||CUT||83||CUT||T30||DQ||DNP||CUT||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP|
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.
- Starts – 56
- Wins – 1
- 2nd place finishes – 0
- 3rd place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 1
- Top 5 finishes – 6
- Top 10 finishes – 10
- Top 25 finishes – 19
- Missed cuts – 17
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)
World Golf Championships
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin of Victory||Runner(s)-up|
|2005||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||n/a||6 & 5||n/a||Chris DiMarco|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||R32||R32||QF||2||R16||1||R16||R16||R32|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||R64||DNP||R32||R64|
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
- Ryder Cup: 2002, 2004, 2006
- World Cup: 2002
- Presidents Cup: 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2011 (winners)
- Driver: Cleveland Classic
Loft: 10.5 Degrees Shaft: Miyazaki C. Kua Special Edition 39 S
- 3 Wood: Titleist 913 F
Loft: 15 Degrees Setting: D4 Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ‘ilima 80 x5ct Flex-X
- Hybrid: Cleveland Launcher
Loft: 2i Shaft: Project X-HC1 6.5
- Hybrid: Cleveland Launcher
Loft: 3i Shaft: Project X-HC1 6.5
- Driving Iron: Cleveland 588 MT
Loft: 5 Shaft: Miyazaki Tour Issue HB 83 S
- Irons: Cleveland 588 TC (5-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Rifle Project X 6.0
- Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX (48, 54, and 60 Degrees)
Shafts: Royal Precision Rifle Project X 5.5
- Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6 (Tour Only)
Grip: SuperStroke Slim 2.0
- Ball: Titleist ProV1x
- 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
- "Profile on PGA Tours official site". Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- "David Toms bio". The Villas at Carter Plantation. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Biographical information from PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- "Toms misses out in playoff to K. J. Choi". BBC Sport. May 15, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- "Toms claims Colonial crown". Sky Sports. May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- "Golf Course Design". davidtoms.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- "David Toms". The Carter Plantation. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- David Toms at the PGA Tour official site
- David Toms at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- David Toms Foundation Official Site