This past weekend, March 19-22, 2015 , IJGA alumnus Morgan Hoffmann, Franklin Lakes, N.J., showed the PGA Tour just what he is made of at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Hoffmann’s stellar first two rounds propelled the 25 year-old to his highest tour finish of the season, fourth place overall, and included some of the best golf of his PGA career.
In the first round, he did not card a single score worse than par. His 6-under 66 was his best performance on the Tour, six strokes less than his round one career average. He even made an impressive eagle on the par-5 hole No. 6 and added to his performance by adding four birdies to his score.
His first round score of 66 would only be a personal best for one day as the IJGA alumnus easily improved in round two where he carded a 7-under 65. Unlike the day before, he did card two bogeys but added nine birdies to his card. His 5-under 31 at the turn was his tournament best and due, in large part, to his making birdie on six of the front nine including four straight, a personal best for him. At the end of day two, Hoffmann was holding his first PGA 36-hole tournament lead and playing some of the best golf of his professional career.
The third round featured an interesting turn of events. After bogeying consecutive holes just before the turn, Hoffmann birdied three of the first four holes on the back nine. He carried himself like a true professional making par on every hole to finish the tournament. Meanwhile, fellow competitor and world rank No. 3, Henrik Stenson used impressive putting to catch Hoffman before taking the lead solo lead late in the round.
The final day saw some perseverance by the IJGA alum as he had a tough time on the back nine but still finished 1-under 71 on the day for a tournament total of 15-under 273. This marked Hoffmann’s best score of this season while his fourth place finish was his best on the season as well.
All of his success came just one week after not making the cut at the Valspar Championship and receiving the news just before the tournament started that his 97-year-old grandmother had passed away. He put it all behind him to just play his game and continued his steady season of improvement.
Congratulations to Hoffmann!