Eye Trouble May Keep Hoch from Defending at GGCC


Scott Hoch, who last year became only the fourth PGA Tour player age 45 or older to record multiple wins in the same season, may miss his chance to defend his Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic title this week. The 10-time PGA Tour winner is experiencing depth perception problems in his right eye following laser surgery Monday.
'If I went and tried to hit a ball now, I might hit behind it and bounce all the way over it,' said Hoch, who didn't hit practice balls Tuesday. 'It would be just muscle memory that would allow me to hit the ball today. It feels really odd.
'My depth perception is way off. They just kind of over-cooked it.'
Monday's eye surgery was the third for Hoch since January 2001. He was pleased with the results from the initial procedure but began seeing double out of his right eye in March.
Hoch, 46, is coming off a career year in 2001 with two wins and more than $2.8 million in earnings. He followed his victory in Greensboro with a win just over two months later at the Western Open, and finished the season with 10 top-10 finishes and earned a berth on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Hoch, a member of the PGA Tour since 1980, said he would decide whether or not he could play late Wednesday or Thursday morning prior to his first round tee time.
The $3.8 million Greater Greensboro Classic is being held at Forest Oaks Country Club for the 26th straight year.