Hoffman Wins the Valero Texas Open on the 18th
San Antonio, Texas – For Charley Hoffman, it all came down to 9 feet 2 inches. He could have missed and still been alive to face Patrick Reed in a playoff . . . but let’s be honest, nobody wants to face Patrick Reed in a playoff. So Hoffman rolled his rock into the bottom of the cup to seal the deal on his final round 69 at the Valero Texas Open and his fourth career PGA Tour victory. Hoffman shot rounds of 66-71-70-69 at the AT&T Oaks Course to finish at 12 under par.
Hoffman who has been in contention in several tournaments over the last two months, only to blow up on each Sunday was relieved afterward: “It’s been a rough month and a half, That’s where ‘It’s about time’ (expression) came from. Obviously I had good feelings coming into this week and knew I needed to close the door. To be able to go through that period in the last month and a half and close the door like I did . . . it’s a very good gratifying feeling.”
Patrick Reed, who also shot a final round 69 playing in the same group with Hoffman, knew he had missed some chances coming in but was quick to point out that Hoffman was ripe for a win. “To make him have to make that 9 footer on the last, he did so,” Reed said. “He won the golf tournament. When you’re one up going into the last hole hole and you have to hit a drive down the middle of the fairway and hit those two golf shots and the bunker shot and to make that putt just shows that he was ready to win a golf tournament.
Journeyman Tom Hoge had the low round of the day with a 65 to finish tied for 9th.