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Hoffman cards 72, will enter final round two back

Posted April 08, 2017 09:04 pm
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Hoffman cards 72, will enter final round two back

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    Charley Hoffman walks toward the green on No. 16 after hitting into the water for an eventual double bogey. “I was in the lead after 36 holes, and more than that, almost all day today,” Hoffman said. He enters his final round two shots behind leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. CHRIS THELEN/STAFF

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    Sergio Garcia and Charley Hoffman line up putts on No. 18 during Saturday play of the Masters. Hoffman carded 72 on Saturday and enters his final round two shots behind leaders Justin Rose and Garcia. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman plays his shot from the 15th tee during the third round “I was in the lead after 36 holes, and more than that, almost all day today,” Hoffman said. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/STAFF

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    Carrie Dillard was hit in the head by Charley Hoffman’s second shot on the 15th green Saturday. SARA CORCE/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman plays a shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the Masters Tournament. CHRIS THELEN/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman walks toward the No. 6 green during the third round of the Masters. He would card bogey for the hole, his first for the day, but not his last. Another on No. 14 and a double on No. 16 would put him at 1-over for the tournament. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman hits his approach shot to the No. 10 green during the third round of the Masters Tournament. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman hits his approach shot to the No. 10 green during the third round of the Masters Tournament. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman hits from the gallery on No. 3 during the third round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. CHRIS THELEN/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman tees off on No. 3 during the third round of the Masters Tournament. He was the lone leader after round one, then shared the lead after round two. He enters his final round two shots behind leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. CHRIS THELEN/STAFF

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    Charley Hoffman, the second-round co-leader, gets ready to hit from a bunker on No. 1 during the third round of the Masters Tournament. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

With three holes to play, Charley Hoffman sat atop the leaderboard late Saturday afternoon at Augusta National. Then, No. 16 happened.

As Hoffman pleaded with his tee shot to “go, go,” it instead found water, resulting in a double bogey.

“My swing on 16 – it happens,” Hoffman said. “It was a bad one. I was able to regroup and make a couple of pars coming in, but those things happen.”

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Hoffman carded 72 on Saturday and enters his final round two shots behind leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Hoffman will tee off at 2:25 p.m. Sunday with fellow American Ryan Moore.

“I put myself in position pretty much all day,” Hoffman said. “Obviously, I would have liked to have gotten up and down on 14 and then like to have made birdie on 15. I mean, everybody knows on this back nine, anything can happen. You can make birdies, eagles, bogeys.”

Aside from the double bogey on No. 16, Hoffman played solid golf Saturday, carding a 2-under 34 on the first nine. After 13 holes, the Las Vegas resident was 7-under and alone in the lead.

However, Hoffman played his final five holes 3-over and will enter Sunday at 4-under.

“I was in the lead after 36 holes, and more than that, almost all day today,” Hoffman said. “I’m playing good golf, and if I play my game tomorrow, I think I got a good chance.”

As for his game plan for Sunday, Hoffman has one thought in mind.

“Hopefully I got a chance coming up 18,” he said.