Hoge holes out in darkness, shoots 70
September 20, 2019
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Tom Hoge's lengthy birdie putt at Sanderson Farms
JACKSON, Miss. – Tom Hoge thought he’d missed his final putt in the darkness of Friday night.
“It was so dark that I couldn’t see the edge of the hole from 4 feet,” Hoge said after signing for his second-round 70. His par putt slid in the hole, though, and that meant he could sleep in for his late Saturday tee time.
Hoge is one of four players tied for second place at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He trails leader Byeong Hun An by two shots after shooting 64-70 in the first two rounds at the Country Club of Jackson.
Thursday afternoon thunderstorms threw the tournament off schedule. Hoge was one of the fortunate few in his half of the draw to finish his second round Friday. Twenty groups will complete their second round Saturday morning.
Hoge’s group was the last to finish on the ninth hole. His playing partner, Billy Hurley III, made it possible by running ahead after holing his putt on the eighth hole. Players have to walk around a lake after teeing off on nine, so Hurley teed off shortly after the group ahead hit their tee shots. That allowed the rest of the group to play the hole after the horn blew.
Hoge shared the first-round lead this week after shooting 64 on Thursday. He signed for a second-round 70 after sunset.
Hoge, who’s playing his sixth PGA TOUR season, had to regain his card via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals after finishing 159th in last season’s FedExCup. He started the season with a runner-up finish at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
All six of his rounds this season have been under par. Friday’s 70 was his first round not in the 60s. He’s 25 under par in six rounds this season.
“I feel freed up, knowing I’m in good shape for the FedExCup this year,” he said.
Now he can chase his first PGA TOUR title. After a good night’s rest.