Tag Archives: Charley Hoffman

Apr
8
2017

Holy crap. I knew I should have quit while I was already behind. Somehow I managed to delete and/or lose the few thousand words I spent crafting as an ode to Fred Couples over the past two-three hours. It really was one of *those* days — I started calling it “Freaky Friday” before noon. Ugh. This hurts so much more than usual because it was about Freddie, my childhood hero and fellow Seattle native. I mean, the first-ever post I published on this site, which started as a Tumblr blog and “hobby” in 2009, was about Couples and how he inspired me to take up golf.

This one hurts. I’ll stop complaining, but if you’ve ever worked on something for hours and put a ton of heart and energy into a project that you felt strongly about and probably dedicated more time than needed — and in my case, too many words, as well — because you just felt like it, then you know that pit in your stomach when you idiotically press the wrong combo of buttons and the screen suddenly becomes blank.

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Apr
6
2017

The conditions in the first round of The Masters were less than ideal. It was cold (high of low 60s) and the 20-30mph winds — with gusts up to 40mph — swirled around Augusta National. It was a bit tamer for the players who teed off in the morning wave and it was at its worst when the guys in the afternoon draw were starting their rounds.

We saw tons of guys backing off shots (things moved at a very slow pace, but that’s expected with such difficult conditions), misjudging the sneaky whirling winds and gusts, and making a a couple big numbers on holes — the most significant, of course, was Jordan Spieth’s quadruple-bogey 9 on no. 15 — but we also witnessed some pretty impressive play when Augusta National bore all of its teeth as the afternoon rolled around and the wind picked up notably. 

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Jun
4
2013
Jason Kokrak, Luke Guthrie, Charlie Wi and Sang-Moon Bae loosen up for the playoff

Jason Kokrak, Luke Guthrie, Charlie Wi and Sang-Moon Bae loosen up for the playoff

With darkness closing in during the last minutes of daylight at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus, PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie stood over a five-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole — more important, a putt to clinch his place in his first major next week at Merion. And, in it went.

In a playoff that started with eleven other Tour pros who shot eight-under gunning for the seven remaining spots, Guthrie secured the 15th and final one on the third extra hole, the par-4 10th at The Lakes Golf & Country Club.

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Jun
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Miguel's Welt Live Before Round 1 at the US Open

What in the world is that picture above? That’s what happens when Jason Dufner’s drive pegs your knee on the fly during a practice round at Congressional. Charley Hoffman’s caddie Miguel Rivera was forecaddying and apparently he didn’t notice Dufner’s ball coming right at him and no one yelled, “Fore!” Perhaps you read Andres Gonzales’ first-hand account of the incident:

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Sep
7
2010

Charley Hoffman celebrates holing out from the bunker on No. 13 at TPC Boston in the final round

When the American Ryder Cup players, vice-captains and hopefuls walked off the 18th green at TPC Boston on Monday, they were greeted by reporters with questions about captain Corey Pavin’s wildcard picks. Pavin is set to make his announcement in less than nine hours at the NYSE on Tuesday morning (10:30am ET to be exact), so what’s the use in speculating now? Because it’s fun.

Pavin has (or had) a difficult decision, but unlike European captain Colin Montgomerie, Pavin doesn’t have to worry about leaving out the world’s number-eight ranked player or a guy who has two PGA Tour wins this season (like Paul Casey and Justin Rose).

Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink, who finished T11, T30 and T18, respectively, had supposedly locked up their spots before they even teed off at the Deutsche Bank Championship, according to the chatter around TPC Boston (and not just in the press room). Apparently, at the dinner Pavin hosted with the eight players already qualified, he warned them to be careful what they said to the media leading up to Tuesday’s festivities.

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Sep
6
2010
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

It wasn’t until the 15th hole right before Charley Hoffman rolled in his ninth birdie of the day to take a three-shot lead that he noticed a leaderboard. In fact, he posted so many that he couldn’t even keep track. He posted two more in the closing stretch to shoot a scorching nine-under 62 and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by five strokes over Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy and Luke Donald.

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Jul
8
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Balls in the Air

Welcome to Balls in the Air, where I size up my Fantasy Golf picks of the week, featuring guys to watch (or not) and interesting story lines. Disclaimer: Don’t yell at me if my picks suck. There’s no mathematical formula to my attempt at predicting something as random as golf scores.

Remember last week when I said my friend doesn’t read “Balls in the Air” because he said “There’s no Stephanie in it”? Well, with the feedback I received, it wasn’t just me that thinks there’s a ton of Wei in these posts. And it makes me happy to know that Jerry Foltz (the friend) will now actually be reading every word I write. In fact, there will be a quiz on Thursday afternoon! So, study up!

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Jul
5
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

On Saturday I did some things I hadn’t done in a very long time. I wore cut-off jean shorts to a golf course. And I took off my reporter’s cap and went to watch a golf tournament as just a spectator. Totally crazy, I know. I had trouble accepting I was just going for fun because somehow in the past year, it’s become second instinct for me to constantly think of story lines and shove a voice recorder in a player’s face. I also received some grief from one of my snarky mentors, Alan Shipnuck.

See our Twitter fight.

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