August 29 2011
In the four years of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, there haven't been many rounds better than Charley Hoffman's closing 62 to win the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship.
No one else shot better than 65 that Monday at TPC Boston. Only four players in the field shot 67 or better.
How good was his 62? It enabled him to win by five. Tom Gillis finished with rounds of 65-65 ... and still ended up six shots back.
'All of a sudden, I went from just trying to make it to the next FedExCup event to winning and having a chance to win [the FedExCup,]," Hoffman said. "It was just really special against that sort of field and the quality of golf course that I was able to pull away and close the way I did.
"It gave me a lot of confidence going into this year."
Understandably, Hoffman is in a hurry to get back.
"I really didn't miss a shot [in that final round]," Hoffman said. "I'm excited to get back to Boston. Last year, my instructor Shawn Callahan came out after the first round, and I didn't feel like I was hitting the ball that great, and he gave me a couple tips to go through on the weekend and Monday that kept me going."
Hoffman has more reason to be ready this week. He's in even better shape this year than in 2010. He's a solid 33rd in FedExCup points after tying for 10th at The Barclays. He's finally healthy, too: A stomach bug affected his play in late July, and his putter hasn't cooperated. He ranks just 133rd in Strokes Gained - Putting, but he putted much better last week at Plainfield.
"Hitting the golf ball really hasn't been a problem," Hoffman said. "That's why I was watching some of the video from last year during Deutsche Bank. I played really well. Hopefully, I can get on another hot run."