ATLANTA – For Morgan Hoffmann having a tee time at East Lake this week is a “dream come true,” but it was a dream born from a nightmare.
When the second-year PGA Tour player missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship last month he’d reached the end of the road and sat down with his caddie to find an answer for his pedestrian play.
“I wasn’t making the putts I needed to, wasn’t hitting the shots I needed to. It was really frustrating for me,” said Hoffmann, who began the playoffs at 124th on the point list. “It was kind of an end-all, be-all, absolute epiphany. Kind of sit down and beat myself up.”
From that pep talk, which included writing down lists of things that he needed to improve that filled a legal pad, Hoffmann finished tied for ninth (The Barclays), 35th (Deutsche Bank Championship) and third (BMW Championship) to play his way into the finale.
Essentially, Hoffmann said he wanted to go back to playing the type of aggressive golf that made him an All-American at Oklahoma State.
“Go back to kind of the college mentality of playing with Peter Uihlein and Rickie Fowler and Kevin Tway, just messing around at Karsten Creek (in Stillwater, Okla.) and pretty much going for everything,” he said.