NORTON, Mass. – Charley Hoffman is relying on a simple formula for dealing with the added pressure of trying to advance in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and make the U.S. Presidents Cup team at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
“Hit fairways and hit the green, try to make the putt,” Hoffman said.
The formula’s working pretty good.
Hoffman shot a 7-under-par 63 Saturday to take the second-round lead at TPC Boston. At 12 under overall, he’s three shots ahead of Brendon de Jonge.
Hoffman entered this week 16th on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list. He needs a victory to crack the top 10 and automatically qualify for the team. He’s sitting more comfortably on the FedEx Cup points list at 17th, but he needed to perform well this week to assure he gets to next week’s BMW Championship to give himself a chance to get to the playoff finale, the Tour Championship, where a $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot goes to the winner of the playoffs.
And thus Hoffman, 38, is focused on fairways, greens and putts.
“All that falls hand in hand after that,” Hoffman said. “If you play good golf, it will all pile up in the end.”
Something about TPC Boston suits Hoffman. He won the Deutsche Bank here five years ago.
“This is one of those courses you get on the tee, sets up well, and the visuals are good,” Hoffman said. “And I tend to make a few more putts than average for me out here on these greens, which is nice.”
The challenge winning here a second time will be different, Hoffman said.
“It was a little different five years ago,” he said. “I came from a decent amount back on Sunday, so I didn't have to deal with the lead. Anytime you are in the lead, you put a lot of pressure on yourself. And obviously, I've got to deal with that tonight. Going to hang out with the kids this evening and then sleep on it.”