SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Charley Hoffman lost in a play-off at the WM Phoenix on Sunday, but he did earn a consolation prize.
Hoffman’s second-place finish, his 10th second-place finish in 495 PGA Tour starts, gave him 300 FedEx Cup points and a total of 315.65 in the Aon Swing 5, good for fourth place. The top five players who are not otherwise exempt and who have earned the most FedEx Cup points from the Sony Open in Hawaii through the WM Phoenix Open will qualify for this week’s Genesis Invitational through the Aon Swing 5.
When informed by a Tour media official at the end of his post-playoff press conference, Hoffman said, “Did it work? That is amazing. I’m excited about that. I think I’ll play next week and not go skiing.’
Hoffman, who will receive a one-time exemption this season for being in the top 50 on the Tour’s career money list, said he was planning a few days’ family ski trip to Mammoth Mountain in California.
“I think we’re going to have to change those plans,” Hoffman said. He noted that he had asked Tiger Woods, with whom he served as player director on the PGA Tour policy board, for a sponsor invitation to the Genesis Invitational. Tiger’s foundation runs the event and is the main beneficiary. Tiger gave himself one of four waivers. “He said, ‘They’re all taken,’ so I said, ‘I’ll play my way in,’ so I guess I did that,” Hoffman said.
It’s tough to show up at Tiger’s tournament in Riviera having done just that, but Hoffman made it clear that at age 47 and at 19, he feels like he has more left in the tank.e season on Tour.
“I want to beat up all these young guys, believe me,” he said. “I sit back and I want to beat them. I want to be at these Signature Events. I want to be one of the best in the world again. When I’m healthy I can compete and I want to show these guys that I still have it.
Here’s a look at the Aon Swing 5’s rankings.
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