Charley Hoffman delivered on his promise to Tiger Woods after initially being denied an exemption by the former World No.1 into this week's Genesis Invitational, which is hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation on the PGA Tour.
Hoffman, 47, was narrowly denied in his bid to become the second-oldest winner of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Sunday when he was defeated by last year's runner-up Nick Taylor in a playoff.
However, despite missing out on being exempt for all the remaining Signature Events on the PGA Tour this season, among with many other perks that come with a PGA Tour victory in 2024, Hoffman has at least qualified for Woods' tournament that features a huge $20m total prize fund this week.
Only he didn't initially realise until he was informed by the media late Sunday night.
Hoffman now plays his way into this week's Genesis Invitational at famed Riviera as a result of coming through the PGA Tour's new AON Swing 5.
The Aon Swing 5 incentive rewards the top five players who have earned the most combined FedEx Cup points from the Sony Open, American Express, Farmers Insurance Open and WM Phoenix Open this season.
Hoffman is fourth on the list, joining Matthieu Pavon, Grayson Murray, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Kevin Yu in the top five spots for an exemption into Woods' event.
Charley Hoffman delivers on his promise to Tiger Woods
While Hoffman was understandably deflated having come so close to a fifth PGA Tour title and a first in nearly eight years in Arizona on Sunday, one reporter did at least cheer him up with news he had qualified for the Genesis Invitational hosted by Woods' Foundation.
"The Aon Swing 5 has got you into Genesis, just a few comments on that," the reporter put to Hoffman, who replied: "Did it?!"
Hoffman added: "That's awesome. I'm excited about that. I guess I'm playing next week and not going skiing.
"We were planning on going to Mammoth skiing for a few days. I guess we're going to have to change those plans!"
Hoffman then revealed his little Tiger Woods story, and how he ultimately delivered on his promise to the 15-time major champion.
There were apparently no exemptions left into the Genesis Invitational earlier this month, according to Woods.
So Hoffman took things into his own hands.
When pressed for comment about his near-miss at the WM Phoenix Open, Hoffman admitted he could not have played much better having closed with a pair of 64s.
Hoffman, once 20th in the OWGR, said:
Hoffman, now fit for the first time in a while, believes he can still contend with the best in the business on the PGA Tour despite nearing the age of 50.
Hoffman not only takes consolation of playing his way into the Genesis Invitational this week, but he also vaults from 300th to 108th in the OWGR and moves to 25th in the season-long FedEx Cup standings.
He also picks up a small sum of $959,200 for finishing second at the Phoenix Open.