Hoffman Wins Playoff for First Victory

By Sports NetworkOctober 17, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic MIDLAND, Texas -- Charley Hoffman birdied the third playoff hole Sunday to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory at the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic. He defeated Jeff Gove and Craig Lile at Midland Country Club.
 
'It was a feeling like no other I've ever felt,' said Hoffman. 'Every week its been a bonus after starting out with nothing, Monday qualifying and then finally getting status so I didn't have to do that anymore and then capping it off with a win. It's awesome. Hopefully I can finish the rest of the year good and maybe squeeze a tour card out of it.'
 
Gove fired a 3-under 69 on Sunday to join Hoffman and Lile, the overnight co-leaders who managed even-par 72s, in a tie at the end of regulation at 6-under-par 282.
 
The trio headed to the 18th hole to begin the playoff and Lile was the only player who missed the fairway. Gove and Hoffman both landed on the putting surface, around 50 feet from the hole, while Lile landed in the rough behind the green. Lile's chip came up 5 feet short as did Hoffman's putt, while Gove lagged his to tap-in range. Both Hoffman and Gove sank their par putts to extend the extra session.
 
The second playoff hole was the par-3 16th and all three found the short grass, although Hoffman was 50 feet away. Gove had 15 feet and Lile about 20, but none of the three made their birdie putts.
 
Gove and Hoffman both landed in the left rough off the tee, while Lile split the fairway. Gove came up short of the green with his second and Lile had 30 feet for birdie. Gove ran his third shot 10 feet past the hole, while Lile lagged his to a foot. He tapped in the par putt, but Hoffman ran home his 15- foot birdie putt to claim his first victory on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'To tell you the truth if you would have said I was 6 under and had a chance to win I would have thought you were crazy,' said Hoffman, who chipped in for birdie twice on his front nine Sunday. 'I didn't think 6 under had a chance.'
 
The $81,000 first-place check moved Hoffman, who was 60th on the tour's money list before the tournament started, to 25th and definitely in the field at the Nationwide Tour Championship in two weeks. Now he's in good shape for one of the top-20 spots that guarantees a PGA Tour card for the 2005 season.
 
Scott Gump fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday and tied for fourth place with Steven Alker, who shot a 70 in the final round. The duo came in at 5-under-par 283.
 
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    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.

    “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

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    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.


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    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.


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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.