Tom Hoge broke through for his first career PGA Tour victory last year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It looked like it was Jordan Spieth’s tournament to win going to Sunday, but Hoge finished strong to take the title by two shots over Spieth.
The North Dakotan fired 9-under 63 with a front-nine 30 on Thursday. He continued with 2-under 69 at Monterey Peninsula and 4-under at Spyglass Hill before closing with 68 at Pebble.
Hoge was sensational on the back nine on Sunday, carding a bogey-free 4-under 32 with birdies on three of his last five holes.
"“I would say it’s a spot for me that has really grown on me the last two years since we played the U.S. Open here in 2019,” Hoge was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2022. “I’ve never had a lot of success around this golf course, felt like I kind of figured out a little bit and really figured out I felt like it was a golf course that really suits my game well kind of around that time with the U.S. Open and now I played well here for two years in a row.”"
Hoge is referencing a solo 12th finish at this event in 2021.
Counting the 2019 U.S. Open where he took T-43rd, the TCU alum has made six of nine cuts here.
Hoge began 2023 with T-3rd in his debut at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
He was unable to contend his last two times out at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T-41st) and The American Express (T-32nd), but a couple made cuts and a week of rest are good enough signs to slot Hoge in the top five this week.