David Toms

David Toms

Toms at the 2008 PGA Championship
Personal information
Full name David Wayne Toms
Born (1967-01-04) January 4, 1967
Monroe, Louisiana
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality  United States
Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
Spouse Sonya Toms
Children Carter, Anna
College Louisiana State University
Turned professional 1989
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1992)
Former tour(s) Nike Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 13
Web.com Tour 2
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
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 13 events on the PGA Tour, including the 2001 PGA Championship. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 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 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.[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

1989–98: 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 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 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

Main article: 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.[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 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.[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 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.[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 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.[7] The first course for which he was the lead designer was Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana.[3][8]


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

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, the same school as his father.

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, United States Robert Gamez,
United States Jimmy Johnston
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 (66-73-63-64=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, United States Brent Geiberger,
Fiji Vijay Singh
9 Jun 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 (66-69-61-65=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)

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

Nike Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin 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)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2001 PGA Championship 2 shot lead−15 (66-65-65-69=265) 1 strokeUnited 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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament T14 T24 T50 T13 DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T33 T4 T42 7 DNP CUT CUT

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.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 3 6 15 11
U.S. Open 0 0 0 3 3 6 19 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 3
PGA Championship 1 0 0 2 4 7 19 13
Totals 1 0 0 6 11 20 61 37

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
2005 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 6 & 5 United States Chris DiMarco

Results timeline

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
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R64 DNP R32 R64
Cadillac Championship DNP T50 DNP WD DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T22 DNP T9 T8 DNP

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


See also


  1. "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. 1 2 "PGA Tour Profile – David Toms". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 "David Toms bio". The Villas at Carter Plantation. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "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.
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