Born: January 4, 1967
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana
Weight: 160 lbs
Turned Pro: 1989
Year-in, year-out David Toms is one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour. In fact, since 1999 he has finished out of the top 20 on the money list only once (2004 finished 22nd).
Although he is considered one of the shorter drivers on the Tour, where Toms really excels is around the greens. He is always near the top when it comes to greens in regulation and putting average. Because of his short-game prowess, Toms has been able to put together some very healthy numbers during his PGA career.
Since 1997 Toms has won ten times on tour including the 2001 PGA Championship in a thrilling victory over Phil Mickelson and collecting a victory every year since then except 1998 and 2002.
Toms grew up in Louisiana and took after his parents who were both avid golfers. He played other sports as well but gravitated to golf because of his small stature. Toms would eventually attend LSU, where in 1989, he was named a First-Team All-American and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
Two years out of college Toms would qualify for the PGA Tour. He then bounced around between the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour where he would win two events in 1995. Since 1996 however, he has been a regular member and regular winner on the big circuit.
PGA TOUR Victories
(11) 1997 Quad City Classic. 1999 Sprint International, Buick Challenge. 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. 2001 Compaq Classic of New Orleans, PGA Championship, Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. 2003 Wachovia Championship, FedEx St. Jude Classic. 2004 FedEx St. Jude Classic. 2005 Accenture Match Play Championship.
(2) 1995 NIKE Greater Greenville Classic, NIKE Wichita Open.
Although an extremely consistent player, the equipment in David Toms bag is anything but consistent. He changes equipment a lot to try and find the best fit for his game.
Up until recently Toms had been using a Cleveland Launcher 400 with a Grafalloy Blue X-Flex shaft. Early in 2005 he had been seen using the new Titleist 905T driver in an 8.5 degree. Currently Toms is now playing the new Cleveland Launcher Comp 460.
He carries two of the older model Cleveland Quad Pro fairway woods with 15 and 19-degrees of loft. These have a look very similar to the Launcher fairway woods but slightly older technology. Toms uses the True Temper Bi-Matrx shaft in his fairway woods.
David has changed his irons several times in less than a year. He has switched from Cleveland TA7's to a prototype Cleveland model called the 588 and now is using the new Cleveland CG2. The CG2 has a very soft feeling head that is smaller in size with a small cavity-back. It is the newest offering in the Cleveland line and David carries these from 4-9 iron. For a 3-iron he uses a Cleveland TA6, this model is larger and shallower with a low center of gravity. In all his irons he uses the Rifle Project X shafts.
Toms carries three wedges in his bag. He has 49 and 56 degree Cleveland 588 wedges and a 60 degree Cleveland CG10 wedge all with Rifle shafts.
He carries a T.P. Mills prototype putter. Mills is a very famous putter designer along the same lines as Scotty Cameron or Bob Bettinardi. The putter used by Toms is similar to a Cameron Studio Design with an anser-style hosel and the dark coloring as well as a square cavity or pocket in the back.
David plays the lower spinning ProV1X golf ball.