Five to break through in 2018: David Toms
The 2017 rookie made quality runs at victory last year, but is still chasing his first win
January 15, 2018
By Bob McClellan, PGATOUR.COM
- David Toms finished 2017 strong during the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Only one member of last year’s ballyhooed rookie class managed to grab a victory on PGA TOUR Champions.
Jerry Kelly actually won twice. It took the Wisconsin native 13 events before he grabbed his first trophy, at the Boeing Classic. He quickly followed up with another victory, just two events later at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.
Notably, Kevin Sutherland also had his breakthrough moment last season. The 53-year-old finally won in his 78th start on PGA TOUR Champions, and he picked a great time. By winning the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club he also won the Schwab Cup.
Leading up to the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, we’ll identify five returning players, in alphabetical order, still looking for their first win who are mostly like to get it in 2018.
2017 starts: 22
Top 10s: 7
Best finish: Third at the PowerShares QQQ Championship
Last victory: 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (PGA TOUR)
Why he’ll win in 2018: For most of his rookie campaign on PGA TOUR Champions Toms never quite seemed to settle in. Sure, seven top 10s aren’t bad by any stretch, but he also had five finishes outside the top 30 and a missed cut. He’s way too good to muddle through like that again, and he served notice of that during the Schwab Cup Playoffs. Over the final three events Toms posted a T18 at the Playoffs-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic, had his season-best finish at the PowerShares QQQ Championship, and closed with a T4 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The strong finish propelled him to a final ranking of 11th in the Schwab Cup race; Lee Janzen (eighth) was the only non-winner to finish higher. Toms won 13 times on the PGA TOUR including a major, and it hasn’t been as long for him as some others on this list. Look for a more consistent year from him in 2018, with at least one win along the way.
David Toms' no-look eagle hole-out at PowerShares QQQ