Hodges lapped the field by seven strokes at TPC Twin Cities, marking the biggest winning margin on the PGA Tour since Dustin Johnson won by 11 strokes at the 2020 Northern Trust at TPC Boston.
He also set a new scoring record of 24-under par at the 3M Open, toppling the previous record of 21-under par set by Matt Wolff in 2019.
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But not everyone was so impressed by Hodges' performance.
At least one Minneapolis paper.
The initial headline from the publication that popped up on a breaking news notification feed read:
One golf fan wrote: "Did LIV Golf Nation hack the newspaper?"
Hodges might still be waiting for a Wikipedia page but he was positioned just outside the top 100 in the world prior to his runaway victory on Sunday.
So he was hardly a golfer "no one had heard about" prior to the 3M Open.
The 28-year-old American, who now vaults up to a career-best 54th in the world and into the FedEx Cup Playoffs next week, finished on 24-under par and a whopping seven strokes clear of Martin Laird, Kevin Streelman and JT Poston. The later made a triple on 18 to cost himself over $250k.
Hodges walked away with a cheque for $1.4m.
He had missed three of his previous four cuts heading into the tournament but he did finish a respectable T12 at the Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club prior to The Open.
One thing is certain. Everyone now knows who Lee Hodges is after the 3M Open.