Toms puts FedExCup hopes on hold
August 17, 2016
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- David Toms is just 121st in the FedExCup standings, but he has bigger things to worry about back home in Louisiana. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – David Toms knows full well he’s on shaky ground where the FedExCup is concerned.
Only 125 players advance to next week’s Playoffs. He’s 121st -- just 11 points removed from the bubble boy – so Toms was planning on playing in the Wyndham Championship that begins Thursday.
Life got in the way, though.
Toms is from Louisiana, born and bred. And while his home in Shreveport was spared serious damage from the recent relentless rains, family in Baton Rouge felt Mother Nature’s wrath.
So just before noon on Wednesday, Toms made the decision to withdraw from the Wyndham Championship. He was replaced in the field by Andres Romero, who comes to Sedgefield ranked 195th in the FedExCup.
“I had it all worked out,” Toms said. “I know I am in a precarious position with the FedExCup.
“But some things are more important than golf.”
Toms’ sister lives in east Baton Rouge in a subdivision that historically had never flooded. Unfortunately, the raging waters didn’t spare her home this time.
“The whole town where she lives is what you see on the national news,” Toms said.
He spent Tuesday driving the four hours back and forth between their homes, delivering drinkable water, clothes and food. Oh, and box cutters to rip up the soggy carpet since all the flooring in the house has to be replaced.
“The water is down out of the house now,” Toms said. “Their plumbing is messed up but luckily, they have electricity. So they have that going for them, I guess.”
Toms also was supposed to move his son Carter, an incoming freshman at LSU, where his dad went to school, into an apartment in Baton Rouge earlier this week. But there is water in that building, too, so that’s on hold, as well.More than 40,000 homes have been impacted by the floods in Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
“We’re waiting the health department to inspect it now,” Toms said, adding that classes start on Monday.
Toms’ father’s employees in Baton Rouge can’t get in to work, and the title company where his sister works has 6 feet of water in the office.
Not to mention, Carter Plantation, Toms’ first golf course design in Springfield, La., is closed due to the flooding. He knows of several other courses that have been completely destroyed.
“It’s an interesting time, for sure,” Toms told a caller as he drove through yet another storm.
Toms turns 50 on January 4 and is looking forward to his PGA TOUR Champions debut. But keeping his TOUR card with a top 125 FedExCup finish gives Toms additional flexibility should he want to want to play both.
And Toms could maintain his Playoff spot – but he won’t know until after the Wyndham Championship is over.
There have been two times since the new points structure began in 2009 that five players have moved into the top 125 after the Wyndham Championship. Conversely in 2013, no one played their way in and there have been three years where just one player has.