April 5 2013
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.