Notes: Hoffmann's work not done to secure TOUR card

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October 27, 2012
Bill Nichols, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

MCKINNEY, TEXAS -- Morgan Hoffmann had no status when the Web.com Tour season started. But his status entering the final round of the final event is tied for 11th and poised to earn his PGA TOUR card.

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Depending on sponsor's exemptions and Monday qualifiers, Hoffmann played only one of the first nine events. Things began to change at the midway point, when he started punching tournament entry tickets with top-25 finishes.

He tied for fourth at the United Leasing Championship, which got him into Utah, where he tied for ninth. He also qualified for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, where he tied for 29th.

But after a missed cut back on the Web.com Tour and a T58, he sat out the next five events.

With only five possible starts remaining, Hoffmann went 6th, T2, T6, T9, T30. He arrived at TPC Craig Ranch ranked 31st in earnings.

"It was a real battle in the beginning,'' Hoffmann said after his 67 on Saturday. "I was missing Monday qualifiers left and right. Honestly, it was harder to play those Mondays than it is to play out here. You can shoot a great round and be disappointed.''

Hoffmann closed his round with a missed birdie putt from two feet. So he enters the final round projected at 29th, needing to move up four spots to finish in the top 25 and earn his PGA TOUR card.

"The whole year my mind set has been to get my card,'' he said. "The goal is to win every week.''

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BACK IN IT: Wavering on the bubble after rounds of 72-73, Camilo Benedetti got back in position with a 66 on Saturday.

Benedetti, No. 25 on the money list, started the day tied for 49th at 3-over and No. 28 in projected earnings. He was 1-under through 10 on Saturday with four birdies and three bogeys. Then he played the final eight in 4-under with four birdies and no bogeys.

"My goal was to finish in red numbers and give myself a chance tomorrow,'' said Benedetti, who moved to 2-under 211. "I had a really bad first six holes. I finally made a putt and started rolling them better. The golf course was there for the taking if you made some putts.''

Benedetti took 27 putts compared to 30 and 31 in rounds one and two, respectively.

HOT START: Brice Garnett got off to a quick start with birdies on 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8. That was quite a feat considering he had made only two birdies and was even on the front nine the first two rounds.

After making the turn at 31, Garnett bogeyed 12 and then got his only birdie coming in on 17. His 66 topped his best score by three strokes and moved him from T24 to T11.

WHAT PRESSURE?? Joseph Bramlett shot his second straight 71, which moved him from inside the top-25 bubble (No. 24) to outside (No. 26) in projected earnings. He has played the difficult par-4 No. 13 in 3-over, including a double-bogey on Saturday.

Asked how much pressure he felt entering the final round on the bubble for a PGA TOUR card, Bramlett said: "You have to treat it like it's just another competition. There's a lot at stake, but we're just out there grinding. I've done all the work to get here. Hopefully it will pay off tomorrow.''

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