The PGA Tour’s 10 Biggest Disappointments of 2021/22

Brooks Koepka, LIV Golf, Portland,Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Brooks Koepka, LIV Golf, Portland,Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bo Hoag, John Deere Classic, Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports /

T4. Bo Hoag

How much worse? (0.978 strokes)

Hoag is a mid-30s journeyman in his third season as a PGA Tour regular. Hoping for a breakthrough year, his season instead turned into a lengthy nightmare.

Hoag qualified for 20 starts but only made seven cuts and won less than a quarter-million, about one-fourth of what he earned in 2020-21. After finishing 85th in scoring average in 2020-21, he fell all the way to 180th of 191 this season.

That left Hoag at 129th in the final FedEx Cup points list and nearly cost him his Tour card.

The ‘why?’ of Hoag’s season-to-season decline was multi-faceted as his chart shows.

                                            2020-21                2021-22                Change

Off The Tee                          0.141                     -0.237                    -0.378

Approaches                         0.246                     -0.306                    -0.552

Around the Green            -0.011                     -0.201                    -0.190

Putting                                -0.225                    -0.122                      0.103

In the two most determinant aspects of Strokes Gained – Off The Tee and Approaches – Hoag’s game collapsed. His driving game, previously a modest asset, cost him nearly a quarter stroke against the field average this past season.

Then to make matters worse, Hoag utterly lost a decent approach game, to the tune of more than a half-stroke difference from 2021 to 2022.

Considering that Hoag’s work around and on the greens was never a strength, his failures off the tee and approaching the green too often left him on the outside of the Friday cut line.