by Jeff Skinner
To say Charley Hoffman had a roller coaster day yesterday would be an understatement. With a good start in the final round of The Deustche Bank Championship, three birdies in his first five holes, he climbed up the leaderboard and got it to thirteen under par. He was a cinch to move on to The BMW and the next week of the playoffs.
He made up for a bogey at six with another birdie at the eighth and then he started to spring a leak. Consecutive bogeys on nine and ten were only the start of his downfall. A disastrous quadruple bogey seven on the tough, uphill par three eleventh put Hoffman in a tailspin that threatened his ticket to next week.
A bogey on thirteen and another at seventeen put him five over for the day and perilously close to falling out of the top 70 which move on to The BMW. At that point Hoffman knew he was in trouble. Actually he thought he was out of the playoffs but he only needed a par on the final hole to make it in.
With his second shot into the par five over the green he wasn’t in great shape and a poor chip that stayed on the edge of the green left him a very long putt. After he ran it twelve feet past the hole his chances looked dim. Maybe it was the fact that he thought he missed the cut line that allowed him to roll his putt in dead center.
He finished with a painful 42 on the back nine for a five over 76 and a tie for 26th at The Deutsche Bank. But the good news is that he finished 69th on the FedEx Cup points list and continues on to the no-cut BMW and another guaranteed paycheck. “I didn’t expect to be playing next week,” Hoffman said, “Shooting 42 on the back nine, I don’t think I deserved to play next week. But I guess I’ve got another chance.”
Take a look at the video and you can tell by the look on Hoffman’s face after he sinks the putt that he thinks it means nothing.