February 27, 1998 |
Scott Hoch spoke. A year ago, he didn't, at least not to the press. A self-imposed boycott of the media, he said, because stories quoting him looked a little different in print than he remembered them coming out of his mouth. After shooting a four-under-par 67 Thursday and finding himself tied for third place after the first round of the Nissan Open at Valencia Country Club, he did something he didn't do last year when he led after the first round at Riviera. He went to a press conference.
March 9, 2003 |
Scott Hoch finally found a swing that worked and a putting stroke that couldn't fail Saturday to shoot a six-under-par 66 and share the lead with Bob Tway heading into the final round of the Ford Championship at Doral in Miami. Hoch shortened his swing to compensate for a sore left wrist and went on a tear, making birdies on seven of his final 11 holes. He was at 14-under 202 and will play in the final group with Tway, who parred the final eight holes for a three-under 69.
March 30, 1997 |
Even Scott Hoch thinks Steve Elkington might be playing too well to be caught at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. "Probably one of my best rounds," was Hoch's answer when asked what it would take today for him to overcome Elkington's two-stroke lead. "He's playing better than anybody right now, so it's going to be difficult," Hoch said. No one played better than Hoch in Saturday's third round on the Stadium Course at TPC.
August 2, 1991 |
Scott Hoch shot a nine-under-par 63 in the first round to tie the Buick Open record and take a three-stroke lead over Brad Faxon and Marco Dawson on Thursday. Hoch was 10 under and in position to break the record, shared by five others, before a bogey on the 18th hole. The course record at the 7,014-yard Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club at Grand Blanc, Mich., is 62 by Jim Colbert in a 1979 pro-am event.
May 31, 1987 |
Scott Hoch wasn't exactly swinging in the rain, but he didn't want to stop. Hoch moved into a four-stroke lead at 16 under par with 25 holes remaining in the $832,000 Memorial golf tournament at Dublin, Ohio. Hoch, who had an eight-under-par 64 Friday for a 36-hole total of 131, played 11 holes Saturday before the round was halted because of lightning in the area. Rain came an hour later and forced postponement of the rest of the round.
May 30, 1987 |
Scott Hoch took over the record-setting role Friday at Dublin, Ohio, matching one tournament record and smashing another, as he took a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the $832,000 Memorial Tournament. Hoch, who left his driver in his bag all day, shot a second-round 64 that, for the second day in a row, tied the 18-hole scoring record for the Muirfield Village Golf Club course that Jack Nicklaus designed and built.
April 12, 1996 |
Ever since he missed a two-foot putt that would have won the 1989 Masters, the one he handed to Nick Faldo, Scott Hoch has lived with a rhyme of his name: Hoch, as in choke. It's a hurtful, unflattering, not very pleasant little phrase, one that Hoch has had to swallow hard and accept for seven years. And after he opened with a five-under-par 67 Thursday, Hoch proved he still hasn't been able to put 1989 behind him. He said missing that putt on No.
March 7, 2008 |
His streak isn't quite as long as Tiger Woods', nor is it as well known, but that doesn't make Scott Hoch any less of a marked man as the Toshiba Classic gets underway today at Newport Beach Country Club. Hoch has won the last two Champions Tour events, claiming a playoff victory Feb. 17 at the ACE Group Classic and a one-shot victory Feb. 10 at the Allianz Championship. But Hoch, 52, in his second full season on the Champions Tour, is well aware that extending his streak to three won't be easy.
February 10, 1991 |
Scott Hoch got greedy. There was no getting around it, and he didn't try to deny it. His thoughts were on a $500,000 bonus instead of his position in the fourth round of the 90-hole Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
March 2, 1997 |
It's a simple game, that golf, especially the way Nick Faldo plays it. For instance, there is his description of his pre-shot routine just before he putts. "I follow the nice, get-on-with-it routine," Faldo said. "Just get up and hit it." Truly these are words to live by, especially when the next thing that happens is a ball rolling in a hole.