Name:Scott Mabon Hoch
Born:Nov 24, 1955 in Raliegh, North Carolina.
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course architect.
Played as the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (Apr 26-28; two-man alternate shot & better-ball team event). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) & Carlos Franco (Para), and defending champions Paul Broadhurst (Eng) & Kirk Triplett (USA) finished 5 shots behind the wire-to-wire winning team of Scott Hoch (USA) & Tom Pernice Jr (USA). Pernice got his team off to a flying start in the final round, with a hole-in-one at the first hole. [Final two rounds on Top of the Rock (par-3 course), Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri; first round on 18-hole Ozarks Natl course].
Played as the Allianz Championship (Feb 8-10). Second-placed Brad Bryant (USA) and Bruce Lietzke (USA) finished 1 shot behind Scott Hoch (USA), who recorded his second Champions Tour win. [Old course, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, FL].
Played as the ACE Group Classic (Feb 15-17). Scott Hoch (USA) beat Tom Jenkins (USA), Tom Kite (USA) and Brad Bryant (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole to record back-to-back Champions Tour wins. [Quail West G&CC, Naples, FL].
Played as the Merrill Lynch Shootout (Dec 12-14; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of JB Holmes (USA) & Boo Weekley (USA) finished 4 shots behind winning team of Kenny Perry (USA) & Scott Hoch (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].
Played as the FedEx Kinko's Classic (May 4-6). Second-placed D.A. Weibring (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time Champions Tour winner Hoch (USA). [The Hills CC, Hills of Lakeway, Austin, TX].
Played as the Ford Championship (March 6-10; formerly Genuity Championship). Scott Hoch (USA) beat Jim Furyk (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to record the last of his 11 PGA Tour wins. Monday finish required when Hoch declined to putt-out at the second playoff hole, claiming bad light. [Blue Monster course, Trump Natl Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
Played as the Advil Western Open (July 5-8). Second-placed Davis Love III (USA) finished 1 shot behind Scott Hoch (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic (April 26-29). Second-placed Brett Quigley (USA) and Scott Simpson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hoch (USA). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
Played as the Greater Milwaukee Open (Aug 28-31). Second-placed David Sutherland (USA) and defending champion Loren Roberts (USA) finished 1 shot behind Scott Hoch (USA), who recorded his second win in three years in this event. [Brown Deer Park GC, Brown Deer, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].
Played as the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill (July 11-14; formerly the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic). Second-placed Tom Purtzer (USA) finished 4 shots behind Scott Hoch (USA). [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
Played as the Heineken Dutch Open (July 27-30). Second-placed Michael Jonzon (Swe) and Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Hoch (USA), who recorded his first and only European Tour win. [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].
Played as the Greater Milwaukee Open (Aug 31-Sep 3). Second-placed Marco Dawson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Scott Hoch (USA). [Brown Deer Park GC, Brown Deer, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].
Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Feb 16-20). Second-placed Lennie Clements (USA), Jim Gallagher Jr (USA) and Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) finished 3 shots behind Hoch (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; La Quinta CC; PGA West (Palmer Private)].
Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Sept 5-8; Asian/Korean circuits event). Won by defending champion Hoch (USA). [Hanyang CC, Goyang, nr Seoul, S Korea].
Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Sept 5-8; Korean circuit event). Won by Hoch (USA). [Hanyang CC, Goyang, nr Seoul, S Korea].
Played as the Las Vegas Invitational (April 26-30). Hoch (USA) beat Robert Wrenn (USA) with a birdie at the fifth playoff hole. [Las Vegas CC, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC) and Spanish Trail G&CC].
Played as the Chrysler Team Invitational (Dec 11-14; PGA Tr post-season two-man better-ball unofficial money event). Second-placed Mike Hulbert & Bob Tway finished 1 shot behind the winning team of Scott Hoch & Gary Hallberg. [No.1 course, Boca West CC, Boca Raton, FL. Earlier rounds also used the No.2 course, and Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton].
Played as the Casio World Open (Nov 27-30; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) finished 6 shots behind Hoch (USA), who won this event for the second time, with first-place prize money equating to US$50,000. This was the last of Hoch's three Japan Tour wins. [Kaimon course, Ibusuki GC, Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan].
Hoch (USA) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with 70.19; Greg Norman (Aus) was third with 70.22.
PGA of America
Hoch (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 80 rounds). Payne Stewart (USA) was second with 70.36; Bob Tway (USA) was third with 70.45.
Played as the Miller High Life Quad Cities Open (July 19-22). Second-placed George Archer (USA), Vance Heafner (USA) and Dave Stockton (USA) finished 5 shots behind Hoch (USA). [Oakwood CC, Coal Valley, Quad Cities, IL].
Played as the Casio World Open (Nov 25-28; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Hoch (USA), who captured his second Japan Tour win in the space of two weeks. [Kaimon course, Ibusuki GC, Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan].
Played as the USF&G Classic (April 15-18). Second-placed Bob Shearer (Aus) and defending champion Tom Watson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Scott Hoch (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. Reduced to 54 holes due to rain delays. [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].
Played as the Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 11-14; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind first-time Japan Tour winner Hoch (USA). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
Played as the Quad Cities Open (July 17-20). Second-placed Curtis Strange (USA) finished 3 shots behind Tour rookie Hoch (USA), who recorded the first of his 11 PGA tour wins. [Oakwood CC, Coal Valley, Quad Cities, IL].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
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