David Wayne Toms was born on this day in 1967. He 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.
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, 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.