Morgan Hoffmann hitting his stride on Web.Com Tour
Oct. 15, 2012
Morgan Hoffmann began the 2012 season in February with no clear idea how much he would play the Web.com Tour.
To solidify his place on tour, he would have to earn his way the hard way, through Monday qualifiers, sponsor exemptions and his success week-to-week.
He went that route through much of the year until just four weeks ago.
Now, fast forward to today, with just two events remaining, Hoffmann is one of the hottest players on tour over the past month.
Hoffmann has reeled off four straight top 10 finishes on the Web.Com Tour — his most recent came Sunday when he grabbed a T9 at the Miccosukee Championship and which also includes a T2 at the Chiquita Classic where he lost in a three-way playoff.
“I’ve been playing great of late,” said Hoffmann, who earned playing privileges for the remainder of the year after finishing sixth at the WNB Golf Classic in late September. “It has a lot to do with my attitude. I’ve been very positive, having a lot of fun just playing the game.”
“I’ve been trying not to add on pressure to myself, just going out there, staying relaxed and letting my instincts take over.”
While playing in about half the events compared to a majority of the tour’s regulars for 2012, Hoffmann has compiled six top 10s (tied for fourth most on tour) in 11 events and ranks 31st on the money list — just six spots and $15,000 out of the Top 25 of players who earn their PGA Tour cards for 2013 due to season earnings.
This week, Hoffmann tees it up at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open, the final event of the year before season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.
“Morgan’s preparation is great,” said Gilchrist, regarding Hoffmann’s opportunity heading in to the last two events. “He needs to play the way he plays best, and that’s aggressively. We’ll really be focusing on the process and the plan.
“The focus is not to go out and make the Top 25. It’s about taking care of business on a daily basis, sticking to his routine, especially around the greens, so that he can achieve his goal.”
Hoffmann often trains at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy with Gilchrist and his staff and has worked with Gilchrist since he was a junior. Before turning professional in the summer of 2011, Hoffmann was a four-time winner and All-American at Oklahoma State.
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