Charley Hoffman. PGA Tour Twitter
It has largely been a season to forget for Charley Hoffman. Despite not having full status on the PGA Tour, the 46-year-old has managed to play in 25 events — he has been the beneficiary of several sponsor’s exemptions, including at this week’s Wyndham Championship. And yet he had made just 11 cuts, had no better than a T-14 finish (WM Phoenix Open) and started the week 156th in the FedEx Cup standings.
But on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, there was a little bit of solace for Hoffman in the form of something he has never done previously in his 18 years on tour.
Making a two on the par-5 15th, holing out from 198 yards, was a nice treat during a roller-coaster final round for Hoffman, having started the day bogey/double-bogey, then making three birdies.
🚨 ALBATROSS! 🚨@Hoffman_Charley makes a 2 on the 546-yard par-5 15th.
It's the first albatross in Hoffman's 30-year career on TOUR. pic.twitter.com/MsyZvTBStp
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 6, 2023
How remarkable is Hoffman’s accomplishment? Consider for a moment that the Wyndham is his 485th career start on the PGA Tour. During that time he has played 1,589 rounds, including Sunday. And he had never had an albatross … until now.
Indeed, the feat a rare one. Hoffman’s two was just the fourth from anyone during the 2023-23 PGA Tour season. By comparison, there have been 35 holes-in-one during the season.
Hoffman followed that up with three birdies to shoot a closing 68 and finish at 11-under for the tournament, in a tie for 12th place. Again, at least a little solace in closing out the season.