FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Of the 120 players teeing it up at The Barclays, it’s likely that no one is more surprised to be playing than David Toms.
Toms stood at No. 121 in the FedEx Cup standings entering last week’s Wyndham Championship, but his fate was placed into the hands of others when he withdrew to aid friends and family affected by the devastating floods in Louisiana. Only two players cracked the top 125 in the standings last week at Sedgefield Country Club, allowing Toms to hang onto his playoff position – and his fully-exempt status – by the slimmest of margins.
“Obviously happy to keep my card again,” said Toms, who begins this week’s event at No. 124 in the standings. “At my age, it’s still quite an accomplishment to be an exempt player on the PGA Tour, so I’m proud of that.”
Toms had originally planned to help move his son, Carter, into his dorm at LSU before heading to the Wyndham. But that move was postponed for five days because of the flooding on campus in Baton Rouge, and when Toms’ sister sent him a video of water in her house, he knew he needed to skip the final event of the regular season.
“My first thought was what I could do to help them. I took some supplies down, things they needed. Food, water, clothes,” Toms said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a long recovery, I know for sure. Even though the water has gone down now, everybody’s having to rip out the insides of their homes. Their businesses are shut down.”
Toms will turn 50 on Jan. 4, and while he plans to play in a handful of PGA Tour events this fall, his focus will likely shift considerably once he’s eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.
“I was looking at the schedule, and the tournaments that I really like to play out here, some of those were opposite events that I’d look forward to playing out there,” he said. “To be honest, I’m probably 90 percent out there, 10 percent out here, whatever that translates to.”