Hoffman rolls to big win at Deutsche Bank|
Norton, MA (Sports Network) - Charley Hoffman fired a nine-under 62 Monday to
roll to a five-stroke win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Hoffman, wearing his Celtic green, missed the course record at the TPC Boston
by a single stroke, but did match the tournament's scoring record of 22-under-
"I actually didn't know how many birdies I had today. The ball just kept going
in the hole and the few bad shots I hit, I got away with," said Hoffman, who
earned $1.35 million for the win. "It was a really fun day."
The victory was Hoffman's second on the PGA Tour. He also won the 2007 Bob
Hope Chrysler Classic.
Geoff Ogilvy closed with a five-under 66 to end in a share of second place at
17-under-par 267. He was joined there by Luke Donald (69) and third-round
leader Jason Day, who managed an even-par 71 in the final round.
Tiger Woods closed with a three-under 68 to finish tied for 11th at 10-under-
Phil Mickelson again could have passed Woods at the top of the world rankings,
but struggled badly on the back nine. Mickelson shot five-over 76 to slide
into a share of 25th at minus-seven.
Woods was even-par for his round through 14 holes, with just one birdie and
one bogey. He caught fire down the stretch though. Woods birdied three of the
last four holes to post a three-under 68.
"I'm very satisfied. The things we've been working on are starting to come
together," Woods said in a television interview. "I'm starting to feel a
little more comfortable. I can fix it on the golf course too."
For Woods, it marked the first time he had three straight rounds in the 60s
since the 2009 Tour Championship.
However, he finished outside the top-10 for the sixth straight event. That
marks the first time that has ever happened in his PGA Tour career. He had
finished outside the top-10 seven times in eight starts in 2001, but the one
time in the top-10 was a victory at the WGC-NEC Invitational.
Mickelson needed a top-four finish to pass Woods atop the world rankings, but
had a birdie, two bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey on the back nine
en route to his 76. That dropped him 14 spots behind Woods on the leaderboard.
This was the second of four FedExCup playoff events. Next week's BMW
Championship field takes the top 70 on the points list. Padraig Harrington,
Lucas Glover, Chris Couch and Charles Howell III started the week inside the
top 70, but were bumped out. Harrington and Couch missed the cut, while Glover
and Howell finished towards the bottom of the leaderboard at the TPC Boston.
Hoffman's round started with a par, one of five he had on the round. He flew
up the leaderboard with four straight birdies from the second.
After a two-putt birdie on two, Hoffman sank a 10-footer on three and tapped
in a three-foot birdie effort at the fourth. He ended his run with an 11-foot
birdie putt on No. 5.
He three-putted for bogey on six, but got up and down for birdie on the par-
five seventh. He gave that stroke right back on No. 8 as he couldn't save par
from a bunker.
Around the turn, he moved ahead of Day and Donald and didn't look back.
Hoffman poured in an 11-footer for birdie on 10 to get within one of the lead.
His tee shot on the par-three 11th caromed off the flagstick and stopped
three feet away.
"It should have gone in the bunker is where it should have gone into," joked
Hoffman, who thought he hit a poor tee shot.
Hoffman knocked that in to tie Donald for the lead. Two holes later, he took
the lead in dramatic fashion. Hoffman's approach found a greenside bunker, but
he blasted out and his ball trickled into the cup for birdie.
As his challengers faltered, Hoffman kept pouring it on. He sank an 18-foot
birdie effort on the 15th and came right back with a six-foot birdie putt on
16. Hoffman two-putt for birdie from the fringe on 18 to seal the victory.
"I was just trying to keep the pedal down," Hoffman stated.
Adam Scott (67), Tom Gillis (65) and Brandt Snedeker (71) shared fifth place
at 16-under-par 268.
NOTES: Hoffman's 62 was the 28th round of 62 or lower on the PGA Tour this
year...His 62 was also the lowest final round by a winner...Woods and Vijay
Singh closed with 63s in their wins in 2006 and 2008...Gillis' tie for fifth
was his best career finish...Kris Blanks finished outside the top 70 on the
points list by two points and will miss the final two playoff events...Woods
will defend his title next week at the BMW Championship, which will be played
at Cog Hill, where Woods has won four times.
09/06 19:02:08 ET