September 3 2012
NORTON, Mass. – Early in Monday’s final round, Charley Hoffman was on fire. He posted three birdies in his first five holes and was projected to finish 35th in FedExCup points.
But then he started leaking oil. Lots of it. He dropped eight strokes – including a quadruple 7 at the 11th hole when his ball found a tree-- in the next 11 holes. He came to the par-5 18th needing par to advance in the FedExCup Playoffs.
He made the clutch par putt from 11 feet, 5 inches to survive. It was shaky but he’s in.
“Shooting 42 on the back nine, I don’t deserve to play next week,” Hoffman said. “… Little disappointed but I guess there’s a little lining on top, getting to play next week.”
Had Hoffman bogeyed the hole, PGA TOUR rookie Jonas Blixt would have claimed a spot inside the top 70. After Hoffman’s second shot on the 18th finished in area left of the hole, he barely chipped onto the green, then rolled his birdie putt past the hole – forcing him to sweat out the long par putt.
Hoffman finishes 69th in points, with Blixt at 71. Dicky Pride was the last man in at No. 70.
The top 70, in fact, is now completed. Players who played their way into the BMW Championship include:
Jeff Overton (was 83rd coming into week; projected
Bryce Molder (was 93rd coming into week; projected to 45th)
D.A. Points (was 72nd coming into week; projected to 54th)
Troy Matteson (was 78th coming into week; projected to 59th)
Matt Every (was 75th coming into week; projected to 63rd)
Chris Kirk (was 81st coming into week; projected to 66th)
Charl Schwartzel (was 71st coming into week; projected to 68th)
Charley Hoffman (was 86th coming into week; projected to 69th)
Dicky Pride (was 96th coming into week; projected to 70th)