By Tim Price, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
SAN ANTONIO -- There are horses for courses. And then there is Charley Hoffman at TPC San Antonio.
Even though the AT&T Oaks Course easily ranks above the PGA TOUR stroke average, Hoffman’s play at the site of the Valero Texas Open runs in the other direction. His stroke average here is less than it is, on average, in the rest of the tournaments he plays.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I played good over at La Cantera when it was played over there (prior to 2010) and ever since it’s moved here to TPC I’ve played well also.”
Then, Hoffman got really scientific: “Maybe it’s something in San Antonio. I like the Mexican food.”
In the first three years of the VTO being played at TPC San Antonio, Hoffman has a stroke average of 70.58. His TOUR scoring average in those three years is 70.82.
This year, Hoffman’s rounds of 71-67 are better than his season average of 71.3. He was tied for the lead with Daniel Summerhays and Steven Bowditch as play continued in the afternoon of the second round.
He’s never finished out of the top 15 at TPC San Antonio and was tied for second, a shot behind Brendan Steele two years ago.
Hoffman is hitting it long and hitting it on the green – always a good combination to get a player into contention. His measured drives average 301 yards, good for sixth this week. He’s hitting two of every three greens, and that’s in the top 25 this week.
The longest putt he made Friday was nine feet.
“I hit a bunch of fairways and gave myself an opportunity to make a lot of birdies,” Hoffman said. “Hopefully I can keep this going this weekend.”
If it’s San Antonio, Hoffman probably can.
Overnight co-leader J.J. Henry just teed off at TPC San Antonio, where he suddenly has company thanks to a bogey on his opening hole. That drops Henry to 4 under and into a tie with Kevin Sutherland, who’s 3 under through 15, and Brandt Snedeker, who’s 1 under through 15.
It also means there’s a seven-way tie for the lead.
It’s early, but there aren’t exactly a lot of low scores being shot out there on what is looking like a very tough track.
The scoring average for the second round is already at 75.337, which is more than two strokes higher than it played on Thursday.
The toughest hole on the golf course so far in Round 2? The 410-yard par-4 12th. Only two birdies have been made there so far -- by Sutherland and Matt Every -- and it’s playing to a stroke average of 4.671 with 31 bogeys, six double bogeys, two others and only 29 pars.
UPDATE: After Kevin Na’s round, officials reviewed his ninth hole and it was determined that he actually made a 16 on the hole, not a 15 as originally believed.
Here’s a look at how Kevin Na just made a 16 on the par-4 ninth hole at TPC San Antonio, where he made the turn in 46 after having trouble getting out of the woods -- literally. That took Na from 1 under to 11 over for the day.
Na’s 16 is not, however, the highest single-hole score in
history. That honor goes to Tommy Armour with a 23 in the 1927
Shawnee Open. Ray Ainsley also recorded a 23 in the 1938 U.S. Open
at Cherry Hills, while John Daly infamously made an 18 on No. 6
during the 1998 Bay Hill Invitational.
PLAY-BY-PLAY OF NA’S 12-OVER 16 ON NO. 9 AT TPC SAN ANTONIO
|1-2||Tee shot right. Went down and found ball and declared an unplayable lie.|
|3||Went back to the tee box and hit another tee shot which went right in to the woods. Then hit a provisional left (Abandoned provisional). Found second tee shot on the right and played it.|
|4-5||Played ball in the woods and hit a tree and the ball hit himself and took a one shot penalty.|
|6||Took unplayable where ball came to rest.|
|7||Hit ball in woods.|
|8||Hit ball in woods (Left-handed and missed ball).|
|9||Hit ball in woods (Left-handed and advanced ball).|
|10||Hit ball in woods (barely moved the ball).|
|11||Hit ball in woods and did not get out of the trees.|
|12||Hit ball in woods and advanced to the rough.|
|13||Hit ball from woods in to rough.|
|14||Played from rough to the fringe.|
|15||Played from fringe on to green.|
|16||Made putt from 5 feet, 10 inches.|
After a 15-year run at LaCantera, the Valero Texas Open has a new home at TPC San Antonio, which is already proving to be plenty of golf course not just in terms of length and bunkers (7,435 yards; 54 bunkers), but in scoring as well.
Right now, the lead is just 3 under in the early stages of the first round. Considering local Cameron Beckman has played there a number of times and never shot lower than 68, don’t expect the lead to be much, if at all, lower than what it’s at right now.
Speaking of the golf course, Sergio Garcia, was a player consultant to Greg Norman on the design. So far, Garcia’s not playing bad, either, at 1 under through his first 12 holes. -- Brian Wacker