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January 19 2013

7:42 PM

Hoffman's a winner no matter what

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Charley Hoffman isn't worried about being late.

He and his wife Stacy are hosting a two-day charity event in San Diego to raise money for the Charley Hoffman Foundation. The festivities begin Sunday night with a dinner at 6 p.m. and continue on Monday with a pro-am on the North Course at Torrey Pines.

But Hoffman will start the final round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation tied for second, five strokes behind Scott Stallings. Hoffman is a former winner of this event, beating John Rollins in a playoff in his 2007 debut in the desert.

"The worst case scenario is that I show up a few minutes late but the party will go on without me," Hoffman said mindful of the three-hour gap between the end of the tournament and start of the dinner. "We will raise money even if I get there a litle bit late. Hopefully, we'll have something to celebrate."

A Hoffman win would likely delay his arrival more than a few minutes, of course. But regardless of what happens at the Palmer Private course on Sunday, he and Stacy can be proud of the work the Foundation does as it goes over the $1 million mark this week. Proceeds of the two-day event benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pro Kids and the San Diego Junior Golf Association.

Hoffman said his main duty Saturday night is to send out a text to his fellow TOUR pros and tell them what time to show up on Monday. He and his wife have hired someone to help with the administration of this event, and Hoffman, who has missed the cut the last three years in the desert, thinks that may have contributed to his improved performance this week.

"It was nice hiring somebody so I can go out and focus on golf," Hoffman said. "But it definitely means a lot to my wife and myself to put on a nice event and raise money for our charities in San Diego."

Hoffman, who is making his 2013 debut at the Humana Challenge, opened with a 65 on Thursday and has followed that up with a pair of 67s. He's tied for fifth in putting this week, and he's hit 29 of 41 fairways and 39 of 54 greens in regulation. 

"If I get the putter going, I'm usually always sort of up there near the top of the leaderboard,' Hoffman said. "And it's been going pretty good this week, and hopefully got one more day and keep it going. "

Hoffman is a gregarious sort, too, and he enjoys the format that has the pros play with an amateur each of the first three days. "It's actually pretty fun to interact with those guys," he said. "So some guys I don't know if it throws them off or something, but I enjoy playing in the pro-am format.
 
"I succeeded in the past and hopefully I'll have a chance tomorrow."

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