As he was walking up the 18th fairway earlier this month to wrap up an appearance in the Houston Open, David Toms’ caddie, Scott Gneiser, playfully asked, “Do you think they’ll have a rocking chair by the 18th green for you?”

None was in evidence. But as Toms counts down the final months before he turns 50 and becomes eligible for the Champions Tour in January, it’s fair to ask whether this is a farewell season of sorts for the 13-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Toms doesn’t think it is, but he isn’t sure where his career is headed at this point, either. That includes whether his appearance in this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his 23rd in his home-state event, could be his last.

“I don’t think that, but it’s a possibility,” Toms said last week. “It depends on the Champions Tour schedule in the future. I always enjoy playing in New Orleans, but this possibly could be my last.”

Just how much of a schedule the former LSU All-American plans to play on the PGA Tour, as well as the Champions Tour, he hasn’t quite worked out yet. With his straight hitting and always-steady putting, it seems likely Toms would be highly successful on the senior circuit. But he knows that would require a level of commitment he’s not sure at this point he’s willing to deliver.

“I will definitely play some on the Champions Tour next year,” he said. “But will I play a limited schedule on the PGA Tour? It’s tough to say. I know guys who do both. Going back and forth, it’s really hard to maintain high status on either tour, especially the Champions Tour. If you don’t give it your all to play well, it’s hard to be one of the top players out there. It’s still golf played at a very high level.”

One thing Toms knows: The level of familiarity with the players on the Champions Tour compared to the new and younger players on the PGA Tour is appealing.

“I have a child about to go to college and one at home, and I’m playing with 20-somethings with girlfriends following them around,” he said. “It’s a different generation.”

Toms was one of the best players of his generation, with 2001 his greatest year.

He won three times that season, starting with a victory in what was then the Compaq Classic of New Orleans at English Turn. In August that year, he held off Phil Mickelson to win the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club with a score of 15-under-par 265, still the lowest total score shot in a major championship.

Since then, Toms’ interests have only grown. In addition to raising son Carter and daughter Anna with his wife, Sonya, Toms has branched into golf course design and built a world-class training facility in his native Shreveport called David Toms Academy 265. The facility has been a training ground for current LSU golfers like Sam Burns and Nathan Jeansonne as well as Carter Toms, who will join the Tigers golf team this fall.

“We just have a great atmosphere for golf,” David Toms said. “It’s definitely a way for me and my family to give back to a community, state and region that has been very supportive of me my whole career. It’s a great place for me to work on my game and be around the next generation of golfers. I think it’ll continue to do well.”

The imperative phrase from Toms is “work on my game.” As he stressed, he isn’t ready for a Kobe Bryant-like fade-out. Not in a season when he has still played competitively.

Toms tied for second in November at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi, and tied for 14th last week in the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. He’s 95th in FedEx Cup points and 84th in earnings with $555,884, bringing his career PGA Tour earnings to more than $41.6 million.

“It would be fun to win a tournament this year, then really have a choice to make,” he said.

Wherever Toms goes next, it’s pretty certain the rocking chairs will have to wait.

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