Hoffman stakes Ryder Cup claim

Donald can't stop the American's FedEx charge

Tue, 7 Sep 2010

Charley Hoffman, the surfer kid with the long flowing locks, will be one of a handful of players keeping their phones handy for a call from Corey Pavin this morning after shooting a last round 62 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston yesterday.

He fired 11 birdies to overhaul a star-studded field and race away to a five shot win in the tournament which had a Labour Day Monday finish. Hoffman used Titleist's new 910 D3 prototype driver -  the second win for the club following Ross Fisher's Irish Open victory. 

Luke Donald shot 69 to tie for second with Jason Day (71) and Geoff Ogilvy (66) in this second of four FedEx Cup events. The Englishman held the lead at one stage but he had no answer to Hoffman's charge.

The win puts Hoffman in all four majors, including a first ever US Masters next April but he hopes the icing will be a call from Corey Pavin to join the Ryder Cup squad.

“The best perk, hopefully, will be a Ryder Cup place,” Hoffman said. “Obviously, I wasn’t in contention, but I hope I am now. It would be an honour to play, and I think I can play well.”

Tiger Woods shot a 69 and keeps his No. 1 ranking for the 274th week in a row, with Phil Mickelson, faultering on the back nine with a triple bogey and double bogey for 76.

Woods is expected to be a Ryder Cup pick, along with Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink. Apart from Hoffman, other contenders for the fourth spot include Sean O'Hair, Brandt Snedeker and long shot Fred Couples.

 

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