Toms to Make 500th PGA Tour Start at The Masters

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Toms to Make 500th PGA Tour Start at The Masters

BATON ROUGE – In what has already been one of the sport’s most prolific careers on the PGA Tour, LSU great David Toms is preparing to make his 500th career PGA Tour start this weekend as he competes at the 2011 Masters Tournament beginning Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Toms will tee off as part of the threesome with Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Ian Poulter of England on Thursday at 10:47 a.m. CDT in the first round and Friday at 7:29 a.m. in the second round.

Toms, who has made 12 previous appearances at The Masters during his professional career, picked up an exemption into the 99-man field at this year’s major championship after finishing in a tie for 14th place for the weekend a season ago as the top 16 finishers and ties receive an exemption each year.

The former LSU All-American has earned three top-10 finishes in 12 appearances all-time at The Masters with his best coming in his debut in 1998 when he tied for sixth place. Toms has also tied for eighth place in 2003 and finished alone in ninth place in 2007 for his best finishes in the annual event.

Toms is playing his best golf of the 2011 season as he tees off in Thursday’s first round at The Masters as he has earned top-five finishes in two of his last three events. He fired a 12-under par 272 to finish in a tie for fifth place at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun on Feb. 27, before posting a 6-under 282 to finish in a tie for third place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 27.

After joining the PGA Tour as a rookie in 1992, Toms has won 12 PGA Tour events during his career that also includes 95 top-10 finishes in 499 previous tour starts. Toms boasts $33,828,809 in career earnings to rank No. 7 on the PGA Tour’s all-time money list for career earnings.