Last season was undoubtedly the best of Tom Hoge’s career. The journeyman from North Dakota has kept his PGA Tour card for years now, but I don’t think even he could have imagined what was in store for him in 2021-22.
The highlight was his first win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That was in February and was already his third top-four of the season with a T-4th at the RSM Classic and solo second at The American Express.
The 33-year-old cooled off a bit after that. Yet, he was still able to produce T-9th at the PGA Championship for his best career finish in a major and took T-4th in the closest thing to a home game at the 3M Open.
He fired the fifth-best gross score at the Tour Championship to help him finish 10th in the FedEx Cup.
Hoge made it to East Lake for the first time in 2022.
Hoge ranked 34th on the PGA Tour per round in total strokes gained (.768). He was 33rd in SG tee to green (.777), primarily on the strength of his elite approach play that ranked 11th (.664).
The question is, will this be a one-off year or can he keep this resurgence going?
In yesteryear, he’d be right in the middle of his prime as a pro golfer. With today’s youth movement, he may be on the downswing.
Time will tell.
For now, Hoge’s focused on the Fortinet Championship. After missing the cut in his first two trips to Silverado, Hoge’s made the cut three of the next four times with T-37th in 2017 the worst result of the bunch.
His top finish came in 2018 when Hoge recorded 71-70-69-70 for T-18th.