November 23, 2015

Does one player’s PGA win at Riviera beat another’s PGA win at Atlanta Athletic Club? It does — just barely — as Hal Sutton edges David Toms for Pelican State honors by the narrowest of margins. Born in Shreveport, Sutton starred at Centenary College in his hometown. Today he resides nearby in Bossier City. Sutton won the Louisiana Junior Amateur in 1974 and won the U.S. Amateur in 1980. He found immediate success on the PGA Tour, winning the Players and the PGA Championship in 1983, the latter where he held off Jack Nicklaus. He fought off a mid-career slump to win 14 times in all, including the 2000 Players, where he held off Tiger Woods (“Be the right club TODAY!”). Toms has 13 wins. Born in Monroe and now residing in Shreveport, Toms attended LSU (“Geaux Tigers!”). At his biggest win, the 2001 PGA, he held off Phil Mickelson with a 10-foot putt on the 72nd green. But watch out, Mr. Sutton. As proven by DT’s T-2 at Mississippi’s PGA Tour event in early November, Toms isn’t done yet.