Deutsche Bank Championship
by Emily Kay
Charley Hoffman wins Deutsche Bank Championship
NORTON, Mass., Sept. 6 ̶ Charley Hoﬀman credited a hot putter with his victory Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship after ﬁring a whopping 9-under 62 and breezing to a ﬁve-stroke win. Hoﬀman, who needed only 22 putts in his ﬁnal round tied the tourney scoring record of 22-under par 262. Terming his ﬁrst win in three years the best of his 10year professional career, Hoﬀman put in a plug for himself with U.S. team captain Corey Pavin as an improbable wild-card pick for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Put in a good word? “I talked with [co-captain] Paul Goydos earlier this week [and asked if he had] any inﬂuence with the captain’s pick,” Hoﬀman told reporters following his breakthrough round. Goydos answered in the aﬃrmative and told Hoﬀman to “go out and win and you’re going to be on the short list. “Guess what, Paul?” Hoﬀman laughed. “I went out and won and hopefully, I’m on the real short list.” Long shot. Hoﬀman teeing it up in Wales in October would appear to be a long shot, especially since Stewart Cink suggested earlier Monday that Pavin, who will announce his picks Tuesday, had likely made his decision before the end of the Boston event. But Hoﬀman earned a slew of beneﬁts with his Labor Day win, including entry to all four major championships next year. e 33-year-old with long, ﬂowing blond tresses also soared up the FedEx Cup points leaderboard into second place, giving himself a good chance at winning the $10 million jackpot in the Tour Championship playoﬀ ﬁnal. “at wasn’t deﬁnitely anything I was thinking about until this afternoon,” Hoﬀman said. “I wasn’t really in the race. I guess that’s why this format is pretty
unique....You can come out of nowhere...and hopefully have a chance there in Atlanta.” Another Mickelson meltdown. As for the race for the No. 1 world ranking, Tiger Woods made a late charge to ﬁnish with a 68 and a share of 11th place. Woods’ round was all he needed to retain his perch atop the golf world since Phil Mickelson coughed up yet another opportunity to grab his crown. The 60s. After an early birdie on the second hole, Woods plugged along until a bogey at 12 and three birdies on his last four holes. He finished the tourney with three straight rounds in the 60s for the first time since the opening three rounds of last year’s Tour Championship. “Just a matter of getting the speed right [on the greens],” said Woods, who joked that he hoped he had “played well enough to get a mention” as a Ryder Cup pick. “I hit the ball pretty good all day. Just missing some putts early but once I got the speed right, I started making quite a few putts.” As for the No. 1 ranking, Woods appeared satisﬁed that he will head to the BMW Championship in Chicago still at the top of the heap. “Winning takes care of everything -- the world rankings, the player-of-the-year awards, all the trophies and things that come with it,” he said. “at only happens when you win.” Still No. 1. Woods didn’t win on a TPC Boston course whose fast, firm greens yielded few low scores, despite the brilliant sunshine and calm conditions. He didn’t have to to keep his crown because nothing went right for Lefty.
20 | New England Golf Monthly | September - October 2010
Published on Sep 9, 2010
Published on Sep 9, 2010
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