David Toms puts PGA play-off hopes on hold to aid Louisiana flood relief


David Toms has put his FedExCup play-off bid on hold to help his native Louisiana overcome devastating recent flooding.

Toms is just 11 points ahead of the play-off qualification line, but the Louisiana native will skip this week's Wyndham Championship - which starts on Thursday - as he travels to help his family and home state recover. 

Toms, who lives in Shreveport, has been in Louisiana this week delivering water, clothes and food to family in Baton Rouge, one of the hardest hit areas of Louisiana's historic flood that has killed at least eight and displaced thousands.

"I know I am in a precarious position with the FedExCup," Toms told PGATour.com "But some things are more important than golf."

Toms' sister lives in East Baton Rouge and his son is an incoming freshman at Louisiana State University. Both are struggling with damage to their homes as the devastating waters slowly recede.

"The whole town where she (his sister) lives is what you see on the national news," Toms added.

Only 125 players advance to next week's play-off and Toms is currently ranked 121st. His risky decision to be a Good Samaritan this week could be rewarded.

According to the PGA, only twice since the new points structure began in 2009 have five players moved into the top 125 after the Wyndham Championship.