Dont Forget What Hoch HAS Done
Tiger Woods would come up more than a few times, as would the veteran names Hal Sutton and Tom Purtzer. You might here some stories about the old guys, too ' those players who well never get to fully compare against todays greats. Folks might tell you about Hogans ballstriking or Demarets fairway woods. Maybe Sneads too.
Youd probably hear a ditty on Nicklaus and Littler. Or Arnold. And, oh yeah, getting back to todays game, theres always Scott Hoch.
Thats right, Scott Hoch.
All in all, Hoch might be the best iron player out there. There are times when he is undisputedly the best ' times when he seems to knock down the stick with that unorthodox swing of his time after time again. I can picture it now ' weve seen it a thousand times ' Hoch steps up, gives it his patented waggle.then its up, and WHAMO!
The ball lands the green, hops a little dance, and then checks back to a beautiful little length of three feet.
You see folks, as they say these days, Scott Hoch got game.
But then he reaches the green, takes out that putter and suddenly that little three-footer doesnt seem like such a gimme. Thats when it might get a bit dicey with Scott Hoch on occasion.
As a result, over the course of his career, some have questioned this man from Raleigh, N.C. People have questioned his fortitude, questioned his heart, questioned his nerve under pressure.
Hes been the victim of rather unfriendly nicknames after a certain Masters Tournament, where he missed a short one which would have won him the Green Jacket.
Then, there was the instance in 1995 at the Shell Houston Open, when ' after playing beautiful golf for some 54 holes ' he floundered with a final round of 75 to ultimately lose to Payne Stewart in a playoff.
Hoch has only won eight times on tour, people will tell you. Hes never won a major. A guy with that kind of talent should have won 20 times by now in his career with THREE majors, they might say.
Well, maybe its true. Hoch has endured a lot of tough ones. Hes been on the other end of the stick maybe second only to Mr. Greg Norman.
Thats a distinction nobody wants to hold. It may be romantic, it may make for nice stories, but for the receiver, its got to be downright gutwrenching.
So, some would say Scott Hoch has had a disappointing career.
Me? I beg to differ.
True, Scott Hoch has won just eight times on the PGA Tour. True, he probably let his best chance at a major championship get away from him. And maybe he has not lived up to the kind of potential with which he has been blessed.
But I ask you, in golf, how many really do this side of Tiger Woods?
Not too many.
Just a few facts on Mr. Scott Hoch that you may or may not know:
Did you know that Scott Hoch has recorded 141 top-10 finishes in the 568 PGA Tour events in which hes competed?
Any idea what kind of an average THAT is? That, my friends, is an average of a top-10 finish every 4.03 times he tees it up.
And did you know that Scott Hoch has, on 14 different occasions, finished runner-up, including at that particular 89 Masters and that 95 Houston?
Furthermore, did you know that Scott Hoch has finished in third-place in PGA Tour events another 23 times?
People, these are numbers that stagger the imagination. Many pros dont even make one top-10 on the PGA Tour in their career.
Hoch? For 22 years now, hes been achieving one every four times he plays!
Not so many wins, but this is a man who has been there time after time. He is a fixture. He is exciting. He is fun to watch. Youll remember a guy like Scott Hoch. He may not be the most charismatic fellow on the course, maybe not the biggest champion of all time, but years down the road, when watching an old highlight and seeing that guy with the up-and-down swing whos right in contention for the tournament, Id bet you would know who it was immediately.
Hey, theres old Scott Hoch!
Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test
One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.
Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.
"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."
Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.
"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.
Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.
"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.
Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”
The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.
“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia
This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.
The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.
Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.
The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.
A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.
And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18