Hoff­man not sat­is­fied with his year un­less he wins

The Korea Times - - TEE TIMES -

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Charley Hoff­man is clos­ing in on mak­ing the Pres­i­dents Cup team for the first time. He has reached as high as No. 20 in the world, the best of his ca­reer. He is headed back to the Tour Cham­pi­onship. By all mea­sures, the 40-year-old is hav­ing his best year. Ex­cept for one.

“I haven’t won this year,” Hoff­man said. “At the end of your ca­reer, you look at how many wins you had, not if you fin­ished 10th in the FedEx Cup. You base your ca­reer off wins, and I haven’t won.”

Just don’t get the idea the dis­ap­point­ment of not win­ning is bring­ing him down. Hoff­man has never been more up­beat, which cor­re­lates to good golf.

Along with spend­ing more time with Jay Brunza, the psy- chol­o­gist who worked with UNLV when Hoff­man was part of its na­tional cham­pi­onship team, he has been trav­el­ing this year with wife Stacy and their two young daugh­ters.

“I have a bet­ter at­ti­tude,” he said. “Hav­ing your kids, you don’t have time to worry about what you did on the golf course.”

Hoff­man goes into the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship at No. 10 in the Pres­i­dents Cup stand­ings, just 23 points ahead of Kevin Chap­pell, a slim mar­gin when the points count quadru­ple dur­ing the FedEx Cup play­offs. Even if he doesn’t get one of the au­to­matic spots, he has made it hard for U.S. cap­tain Steve Stricker to ig­nore him.

He has two run­ner-up fin­ishes, in­clud­ing a play­off loss in Canada. He was in con- ten­tion at the Mas­ters and U.S. Open un­til the back nine Sun­day. He showed how much win­ning means to him at the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional, when he told his cad­die while dis- cussing whether to hit 3-wood to the par-5 16th green: “I’m try­ing to win a tour­na­ment. I’m tired of fin­ish­ing sec­ond.”

“At the start of the year, I wanted to con­tend in ma­jors and win tour­na­ments,” he said. “I’ve con­tended in ma­jors. I just haven’t been able to win tour­na­ments. Ob­vi­ously, that side has been dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I’ve given my­self a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

His best year? Not without a vic­tory.

FAM­ILY MAT­TERS: Adam Scott fig­ured his sea­son was over af­ter the PGA Cham­pi­onship when he didn’t make enough of a move in the FedEx Cup stand­ings and he was plan­ning to miss the open­ing two play­off events to be home with his wife in Aus­tralia for the birth of their sec­ond child. He was cer­tain to be out­side the top 70 re­quired to ad­vance to the BMW Cham­pi­onship.

AP-Yon­hap

Charley Hoff­man tees off on the third hole dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional golf tour­na­ment at Firestone Coun­try Club, in Akron, Ohio, in this Aug. 6, file photo.

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