Hoffmann fired a 7-under 64 Friday in Silvis, Ill., despite carding a quadruple-bogey 8 on the 11th hole, his second of the day. After driving into native area left of the fairway, the 23-year-old had to chip out but found more trouble short and right of the green. Having shot a 3-over 74 in Thursday's opening round, Hoffmann left the 11th green at 6 over for the week and appeared unlikely to challenge the 36-hole cut.
Hoffmann went on to rebound in remarkable fashion, though, and did not drop a shot the rest of the day. After a par on the 12th hole, he played the next 10 holes in 9 under, a stretch that included eagles at both the par-4 14th and par-5 second holes. In total, Hoffmann's scorecard included two eagles, seven birdies, eight pars and the unfortunate snowman at No. 11.
At 4-under 138, Hoffmann will survive to play the weekend after appearing as many as nine shots off the projected cut line during his second round. The comeback will afford the PGA Tour rookie an opportunity to extend his recent streak of strong play, one that included back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Travelers Championship and AT&T National before a T-23 result at last week's Greenbrier Classic.