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PGA Tour Charles Schwab Challenge: Charley Hoffman takes lead

2024 Charles Schwab Challenge

Charley Hoffman lines up a putt on the 16th green during the first round of the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club. (Photo: Tim Heitman/Getty Images)

Charley Hoffman missed the cut at the PGA Championship, meaning he had a weekend off with family and friends. His Charles Schwab pro-am appearance was cut short by rain, meaning he only clocked in for a half-day of work on Wednesday.

And the result? A refreshed 47-year-old.

“Less at my age is always better, I think. I don’t stress about seeing the golf course too much,” he said. “The green surfaces were where I spent my time. There’s a lot of subtleties on these greens, and I took a lot of notes and planned where I wanted to putt from and did a decent job of that today.”

Hoffman had three birdies in his first eight holes and coasted home from there, using a 65 to take the top spot on the leaderboard as the wind wreaked havoc on other players, especially in the afternoon wave.

As for the warm temps? Doesn’t bother Hoffman a lick.

“If I’m healthy I feel like I can beat anybody in the world. When my back gets a little funky I don’t think I can beat anybody. It feels pretty good,” he said. “Obviously, heat and humidity and all that works in my favor, there’s no question. If I stay loose, my back stays loose, I can hit it as far as anybody and I can play with ’em. When it gets a little stiff it’s a tough game for me. So I feel good with the weather forecast this week and I think I got a great chance.”


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