There aren’t many players in the field with as much experience at this event as Tom Hoge.
The pride of North Dakota has escaped to Playa del Carmen annually since 2014. He’s made five of seven cuts at the World Wide Technology Championship, including a personal best T-3rd (66-67-65-69) in 2020. He was in second place and within a shot of the lead entering Sunday.
That year, Hoge did not make a double bogey or worse and got up and down from the only bunker he found. The former TCU Horned Frog was also second in the field in scrambling (82.35%) and T-10th in greens in regulation (76.39%).
In 2021, he carded 72-66-69-70 for T-56th.
Hoge is having a career year in 2022. The journeyman won his first PGA Tour event at age 32 in February at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It’s hard to find many better places to join the winner’s club than there. Hoge had some struggles at times this summer, but he posted his best finish in a major with T-9th at the PGA Championship. Hoge also tacked on a T-4th at the 3M Open.
Statistically, he ranked 34th in total strokes gained per round (.768). His iron play went to another level, finishing at 11th in SG approach (.664).
Hoge is knocking on the door of another win this fall. His 2022-23 season already features T-12th at the Fortinet Championship, T-4th at the Shriners Children’s Open, and T-13th his last time out a couple of weeks ago at the CJ Cup.