August 1 2011
Forced to visit the hospital last Friday due to stomach pains, Charley Hoffman remains hopeful that he'll be able to play in this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Hoffman canceled his flight from his Las Vegas home to Akron, Ohio, on Monday morning because he was having lingering pains in his stomach. He hopes antibiotics from a doctor will work fast enough that he can make a flight on Tuesday, which would allow him enough practice time prior to Thursday's first round.
But if his health doesn't improve, there is a chance he may have to miss the tournament. Hoffman has made just one prior start at the WGC-Bridgestone, finishing tied for 22nd in 2007.
"If I'm not feeling good by Wednesday, probably not going to make the trip at all, just because the week after is the PGA and I want to feel healthy and good for that," Hoffman said during a conference call for media day at the Deutsche Bank Championship, of which he is the defending champion. "Hopefully I'm feeling good (Tuesday) and I'm on a plane out to Akron."
Hoffman, who currently ranks 45th in FedExCup points, said he began feeling ill last Thursday morning. He thought it was food poisoning that would go away in 24 hours, but when he still felt bad on Friday, he drove himself to the hospital "just to make sure there was nothing wrong with my organs or anything like that."
Doctors cleared him to leave the hospital, but he continues to have stomach pains that have prevented him from eating the last few days. He thinks it's a stomach flu that he's been unable to shake.
"If I'm not getting food in," he said, "it's going to be hard to go around the golf course for six hours and play at the highest level."
Hoffman hasn't had a chance to play much golf lately. During a recent houseboat vacation, he didn't touch a club for a week. After returning home, he got in only 1-1/2 days of practice in before getting sick.