Charley Hoffman had one of the most impressive opening rounds at Augusta that fans have seen in quite some time. Hoffman’s 65 put him at -7 at the end of the first day of the Masters which would have been a solid score on any day.
What makes it even more impressive is the conditions Hoffman and the other golfers endured on a cold day with high winds at Augusta through much of the first round. He finished day one with a four stroke lead over William McGirt.
According to OddsShark, Hoffman was ranked outside the top 30 golfers in the opening odds for the tournament. The 40-year-old golfer was listed at +12500 heading into the tournament.
Hoffman’s performance on Thursday puts him in good position to be in the mix when the weekend comes around and gives him a bit of wiggle room on Friday. One of the most impressive stretches for Hoffman came on holes 14-17 when he hit four straight birdies.
Hoffman entered Augusta ranked as the 52nd golfer in the world. He has not won a 2017 tournament but did finish second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational just a couple weeks ago. Hoffman also finished fourth at the Genesis Open.
Hoffman turned pro in 2000 and played at UNLV where he was part of the 1998 NCAA championship team. His best finish at Augusta came in 2015 when he finished ninth at -7. Last year, Hoffman finished 29th at +7.