Hoffman closes 2014 portion of schedule with title
November 17, 2014
By DJ Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Charley Hoffman earned his third TOUR title last week, winning the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Welcome to the Monday Finish, where we think Twitter user J.McRae might be on to something:
Charley Hoffman won his third PGA TOUR title on Sunday at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba after a final-round 66. Here were a few of our favorite captions that our Twitter followers came up with:
FIVE STATS TO REMEMBER FROM THIS WEEK
1) This week's win is Charley Hoffman's third on the PGA TOUR, but it's been 109 starts since his last victory (the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship). Since that victory, Hoffman has had 18 top 10s on TOUR, including a pair of runner-up finishes.
2) Hoffman's victory lifts him to No. 6 on the FedExCup points list as we head to the break. It also puts him in position to qualify for the season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, in which he's been extremely successful throughout his career. Since the Playoffs started in 2007, Hoffman has not only qualified every year, but made it to the third leg, the BMW Championship each year as well. Winning the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2010 resulted in his only trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, however.
3) The OHL Classic may be the TOUR's only stop in Mexico, but the winner's list hasn't looked very diverse. This year was the eighth playing of the tournament and Hoffman became the eighth American winner.
4) In the eight-year history of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, only four players from Mexico have made the cut at the event. Two of them, Oscar Fraustro and Carlos Ortiz, finished T9 this year. As the only two native Mexicans with PGA TOUR membership in 2014-15, they'll each be looking to become the third Mexican to win on TOUR, and the first since 1978.
5) After a missed cut last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Tony Finau bounced back with a T7 finish this week in Mexico, thanks to bookend 65s. In five starts this season, the long-hitting rookie from Utah now has four top-15 finishes, leaving him No. 14 on the FedExCup points list as we head into the break.
THIS WEEK’S THREE BEST VIDEOS
1) Charley Hoffman put on a ballstriking clinic down the stretch on Sunday, including this near-hole out at No. 16.
Charley Hoffman nearly holes approach on No. 16 at OHL Classic
2) Last year it was a koala bear. This year it’s an elephant. No one seems to have more fun playing overseas than Jason Dufner.
3) David Hearn recorded his third straight top-20 finish after getting this chip shot to drop at the 72nd hole.
David Hearn’s beautiful birdie chip shot at OHL Classic
ODDS AND ENDS
The week started out with a strange Twitter phenomenon, the hashtag #TOURplayerbandnames, in which fans combined a TOUR player’s name with a famous (or amusingly obscure) rock band. For an exclusive scoop you’ll only get here in the Monday Finish, the whole thing started when my colleague Sean Martin was filling out his fantasy team for the week and was laughing to himself about the combination of “Jason Bohn Iver”. From there, things took off, resulting in more than a thousand other suggestions.
Here are a few of my favorites (for me, it was the more obscure, the better). I’m a #TOURplayerbandnames hipster at heart.
#TOURplayerbandnames Peter Aliss in chains— Mark Hill (@The_Mark_Hill) November 10, 2014
And of course…
To read all the other submissions, click here.
In more… pertinent… news, first-year PGA TOUR member Brooks Koepka earned his first European Tour victory on Sunday at the Turkish Airlines Open, a field that also included Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Sergio Garcia and more. The win moves the 24-year-old all the way to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking. A few names that are now behind him: Webb Simpson, Luke Donald and Westwood.
Elsewhere in the world of golf, fan favorite Christina Kim claimed her first LPGA win since 2005 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, which resulted in some of the most unfiltered social media happiness we saw this week.
Jaosksvsgahakwks bzjxkskalnsvafahajkDHWKJEHEVEVKSKDBEGSJKSBSBDBDLDLDBDGSHJWBW KSHSHSKSBGSHSKSK That about sums it up!!!— Christina Kim (@TheChristinaKim) November 17, 2014
Making an ace on the PGA TOUR has to be a good feeling in itself. It’s even better when it comes with a prize like the one John Huh received for his hole-in-one at the 15th hole on Thursday.
For the ace (already the eighth of the 2014-15 season), a fan also won a year’s worth of mortgage payments from the Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Challenge.
REASONS TO BE EXCITED FOR THIS WEEK…
1) Champions Tour Q-School (stay with me...). Not many people realize just how difficult it is to become fully exempt on the Champions Tour, but after two stages of qualifying, only the top five after final stage get that title. Here's a list of some of the notables playing this week at Orange County National. http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/champions/news/2014/11/14/national-qualifying-tournament.html
2) We can now officially say that the next two events on the PGA TOUR horizon take place in Hawaii.