PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Charley Hoffman played to win, and it cost him a big paycheck.
At 10-under and tied for fourth within three shots of the lead, Hoffman plunked a pair of tee shots in the water at the 17th island hole Sunday at The Players Championship. He made quadruple-bogey 7.
Those two water balls may have cost him about $375,000.
That’s the difference between a fourth-place finish and a 28th place finish, which is where Hoffman was when he signed for a 71.
“I made two confident swings and both ended up in the water,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman took dead aim at the pin cut right, against the water, with his first shot in a bid to make birdie. The wind pushed it right into the water. Hoffman said the wind altered two solid shots.
“I wouldn’t have been able to sleep tonight if I had bailed left,” Hoffman said.
Instead of going to the drop zone, Hoffman hit his third from the tee box again. He knocked it over the left side of the green. He hit his fifth from the drop zone, hit the green and two putted.
“You give me two chances at a shot, and I should be able to pull it off,” Hoffman said. “It will cost me a lot of money, but I will go to bed knowing I went down swinging.”