David Wayne Toms
(born January 4, 1967) is an American
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.
Toms won the 15-17 Boys' event at the 1984 Junior World Golf Championships
. After graduating from Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana
, he attended Louisiana State University
in Baton Rouge
. In 1991, Toms finished T23 at the PGA Tour qualifying school
to earn his first full tour card for the 1992 season.
1994-1998: Early years and first win
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... Read More