Hoffman shot 5-under-par 67 despite making a 7 at the first hole, his 10th hole of the day.
“I've made enough triple bogeys in my life, I'm not going to let it ruin my day too much,” Hoffman said. “And I'm probably going to make a few more in my lifetime. It's one of those things, first round of the tournament, sort of took it with a grain of salt, knew there were plenty of birdies out there.”
Hoffman made eight birdies. He made the triple bogey after hitting his tee shot into the trees right of the first fairway. He punched out, then hit his approach right of the green. Another adventure ensued from there. He left a chip short, then putted over the green.
“You're sort of always on edge on this golf course,” Hoffman said. “You're one swing from being in the water or being in trees.”
The 67 equaled Hoffman’s best score at The Players. In eight starts in the event, his best finish is a tie for 22nd.
Hoffman is enjoying a good season. He was in contention at the Masters, tying for ninth. He tied for second at the Humana Challenge in January and won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the wraparound season’s start in November. It was his third PGA Tour title.