Michael Block who?! Tom Hoge conjured up his own moment of magic on Thursday at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Local boy, Tom Hoge, saw what Michael Block did last week at the PGA Championship and thought to himself ‘watch what I can do’, or at least that must have been what was running through the TCU product’s mind on Thursday at this year’s Charles Schwab Challenge.
Hoge has had mixed results thus far in 2023 with a handful of missed cuts and a record-breaking round at the Players Championship in March.
The 34-year-old, who earned his first win on tour last year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, got out of the gates early on Thursday and really set the tone for the rest of his round. Tom birdied three of his first four holes on Colonial’s back nine before making the turn in 33.
Playing Colonial’s front nine, his back nine for the opening round at this year’s Charles Schwab Challenge, Hoge dropped a shot on one of the easiest holes on the course, the opening Par 5, 1st, at the historic venue.
But following a solid stretch of bogey-free golf after his miscue on the 1st, Tom would send shockwaves that reverberated around Colonial CC on the Par 4, 7th hole.
Following in Block’s footsteps?
Club Pro, Michael Block is the story in the golfing world at the moment following his fairytale-esque showing at the PGA Championship last week.
Block’s sensational and shocking T15 finish last week was enough to earn him an invite into this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, in addition to a return ticket to next year’s PGA Championship.
Not only did Michael Block exceed all expectations and then some at Oak Hill last week, he also produced one of the moments of the entire championship when he holed out for an ace during his final round last Sunday.
The spectacular moment that sent fans into a frenzy last weekend in New York has already reportedly led to one fan offering Mr. Block an eye-opening 50,000 dollars for the seven iron that he used on the Par 3, 15th hole, during his final round.
Tom Hoge does best Michael Block impersonation at Charles Schwab Challenge.
Hoge decided to do his best Michael Block impersonation during his opening round on Thursday at Colonial’s Par 4, 7th hole. After finding the fairway with his drive, Tom Hoge would send fans into a frenzy just moments later.
Playing from about 150 yards out, Tom proceeded to throw a dart with his second shot right at the pin. His approach was dialed into perfection and dropped directly into the cup for a holed-out eagle from the fairway. The sensational eagle was very reminiscent of Block’s phenomenal ace last weekend.
Tom added the eagle to a previous birdie on the hole prior and went on to par his remaining two holes before signing for an opening 66 on Thursday.
Hoge currently sits just three shots off the lead and the local out of nearby TCU University would love nothing more than to be in contention this weekend at the Charles Schwab Challenge in a de facto hometown event.