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|Toms follows his destiny|
Many people believe in destiny, but some people make things happen in their favor. Instead of relying on fate, they use hard work and dedication to force the winds to blow in their direction. David Toms is an excellent example of this. Born in Monroe on the fourth day of January 1967, David is counted as one of the most famous personalities in the golfing world. His intellect and diligence has charmed the universe, and, as a result, he can now call upon an endless list of fans.
Toms commenced his career by winning the 15-17 Boys' division in the 1984 Junior World Golf Championships and, while there have been some ups and downs in his career, he never looked back.
In the year 1992, Toms won the first three cuts on tour, including a third place finish at the Northern Telecom Open in the struggling season. He unfortunately performed poorly in the PGA Tour, and lost his playing rights for the 1995 season.
Luckily, he played much better in 1995, and ended up winning two tournaments, the Greater Greenville Classic and the Wichita Open at Nike Tour, which is at present one of the most famed Nationwide Tour events. Furthermore, his fan following was amused to see his comeback in PGA Tour card for the 1996 season.
In 1997, he won by just a difference of three strokes from Brandel Chamblee at the Quad City Classic, followed by success in the 1998 season with a runner up finish at the Tucson Chrysler Classic.
He did well until 1998, but that year, his placement in a major championship is what everyone talks about today. On his very first visit to Augusta National, he incredibly recorded his best finish in a major championship at the time, with a tied sixth finish at the Masters.
Later in 1999, he won a grand title pleasing his fans at the Sprint International, by three strokes over David Duval, triumphing after a weekend of near misses and big saves.
2001 proved to be another successful year. He astoundingly made nine top-10 finishes and three wins on tour, one of which was his first major championship, the PGA Championship. His winning score was 265! On top of that, Toms won the Compaq Classic of New Orleans by two strokes over Phil Mickelson for his fifth PGA Tour title.
Since then, Toms has jumped in and out of the top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings, winning millions of dollars some years and battling injuries other years. One of his most recent wins was in 2011, when he bagged the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by one shot over Charlie Wi. This Toms first win in over five years on the PGA Tour, which gave him a way to move to be 28th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
When asked about what he wants to work on after retiring, Toms has mentioned that owning a golf course design business is a future venture. He has been working toward this goal, helping with renovation and redesign of existing courses, and was the lead designer at Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana. In 2003, Toms started the David Toms Foundation, a charity for underprivileged, abused and abandoned children.
In addition to providing grants to children in need, his foundation raised more then $1.5 million dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief.
David has had a great career with many fans, and his likability is only proven by the fact that he plans on giving back to the community that provided such an exciting life for him. David currently lives in Shreveport, in northwestern Louisiana, with his closely-knit family—his loving wife, Sonya, and two children, Carter and Anna.
If you want to keep up to date on David Toms news and standings, you can visit the Golf Channel's site at http://www.golfchannel.com/topics/people/david-toms.htm.
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