Tom Hoge’s built a solid resume at the RSM Classic. He’s never missed this event since 2014, and for good reason.
Hoge only made half his cuts, but the four makes all resulted in T-37th or better with T-9th (64-74-68-66) in 2015 and T-4th in 2021. He lit up the Plantation course last year with a 65 and closed at the Seaside with 68-67-67.
A missed cut in Hoge’s last start a couple weeks ago at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba snapped an incredible run of golf. He posted five straight top-13 finishes, including having the fifth-lowest gross score at the Tour Championship, and T-4th at the Shriners Children’s Open.
Last season, Hoge finished solo second at The American Express and hit the winner’s circle later on in the West Coast swing at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The key will be to not squander the tournament on the Plantation course. He doesn’t need to be the low man there, but a 74 in 2015 kept him from truly contending.
"“Yeah, I love coming here,” Hoge was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2015. “I feel like my game suits Seaside pretty well. I’ve really never played that well at Plantation, so yesterday was a nice change for me, but it’s always fun. The golf courses are in great shape for us here to end the year and the greens are fast so you have some putts that you have to be careful of.”"
In 12 measured rounds this season on the PGA Tour, Hoge’s third in strokes gained approach per round (1.433). He’s also 24th in SG putting (.772) and 12th overall (2.054).
Life’s good for Hoge these days with his TCU Horned Frogs football team in the thick of College Football Playoff contention. I’m putting them on upset alert next week against my Iowa State Cyclones, but I’ve got TCU and Hoge living lavishly for one more week.
The football team wins at Baylor and Hoge goes into the holidays feeling good with a top-five.