Hoffman stole it and with a wide margin. Charley Hoffman’s birdie on No. 18 sealed his five-shot victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Monday. It is the second victory of Hoffman’s career, and puts him just outside the top 50 in the world.
Hoffman, who wound up winning a career-high $1,350,000 for his victory, came one shot of tying the course record (61) set by Vijay Singh’s third round score in 2006. Hoffman’s 22-under 262 did tie Singh’s tournament record for the lowest 72-hole score.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t have any clue how many birdies I made,” said Hoffman, 33, of San Diego, California, who won for the second time on the PGA Tour after recording his first career tour triumph in the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. “I was just trying to keep making birdies. I knew Jason was playing all right. I didn’t really — I did not intentionally look up at many scoreboards.”
Starting the final round four shots behind Jason Day, he erased the deficit with four straight birdies early in his round. Then we saw a mixture of good breaks and great shots, and golden putts with the putter for Hoffman, with his characteristic blond locks flowing over his shoulders.
Once he realized he was in the lead, he poured it on with three more birdies over the final four holes for a five-shot victory over Day, 71, Geoff Ogilvy, 66, and Luke Donald, 69.
“The playoffs, that’s what you try to do,” Hoffman said. “I wasn’t even close to anything for the most part starting the playoffs. Played decent last week, and just got it going this week.”
While his victory guaranteed him a top 30 finish in the playoffs, gaining him entrance to all four majors next year, Hoffman said the best perk remained to be seen.
“The best perk hopefully will be a Ryder Cup berth,” said Hoffman, who was hoping to be selected to his first Ryder Cup team as one of the four picks US captain Corey Pavin will reveal Tuesday morning in New York.
“Obviously, I wasn’t in contention, but I hope I am now,” Hoffman said. “It would be an honor to play, and I think I can play well. But besides that, getting into Augusta is the best perk, and knowing inside I can close the deal coming down the stretch when I need to.”
Hoffman not only is headed to Chicago, he’s starting to set some pretty big goals — about 10 million of them.
“That wasn’t anything I was thinking about until this afternoon,” Hoffman said of the big bonus for winning the FedEx Cup. “I wasn’t really in the race. I guess that’s why this format is pretty unique. You can come out of nowhere.”
And he sure did just that!