Sep
8
2014
Morgan Hoffmann takes advantage of *volatile* PLAYOFF format
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

Morgan Hoffmann made the biggest move of all in the FedExCup Playoffs. After missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, Hoffman snuck into the field at The Barclays, the first of the four Playoff events, at no. 124 in the points standings.

His play-for-broke approach in the next three events earned him a spot at not only the Tour Championship, but all the goodies that go along with it — a place in the field at next year’s four majors and World Golf Championships. 

A T9 finish at The Barclays jumped him to no. 72, and then a T35 at the Deutsche Bank Championship vaulted him to no. 68 to once again just barely advance to the BMW Championship.

“I had nothing to lose, carefree, and just go out and fire at pins,” he said. “That’s basically how I was playing and pretty much the whole time during these playoffs.”

At the halfway mark at the BMW Championship, Hoffmann was four-over and T53rd in the then 68-man field. Then, things turned around for the 25-year-old.

“It’s funny, after the first two days I didn’t really hit it much better on the weekend than the first two days,” said Hoffman. “Made a couple bigger numbers on Thursday and Friday and obviously, more putts went in on the weekend. So, it was just a lot of fun. Kind of tried to stay positive and go out there with the same swing and try and kill it.”

He scorched Cherry Hills over the weekend, firing a course-record 62 on Saturday before nearly matching it on Sunday with a 63, to finish at 11-under — which was good enough for solo third. Most important, he surged up the FedExCup points standings, moving up 47 spots to no. 21.

“It means the world to me,” said Hoffman when asked about qualifying for the Tour Championship. “Since the beginning of this season, I’ve had a goal to get to Atlanta. Coming into the weekend, I knew I had to go pretty low. My caddie and I had a really good mindset and everything was positive this week. I had some friends come in and drove some sweet cars, and everything. It just all fell into line pretty much. It was a lot of fun out there.”

After he walked out of the scoring tent, he was greeted by his friend Rickie Fowler, who celebrated with Hoffmann in the form of a chest bump.

“He’s like, he knew exactly what’s going on,” said Hoffmann. “And it’s going to be really exciting to play in the Majors with him next year. Growing up playing against each other in junior golf, it’s going to be so much fun.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Masters. So I can’t wait.”