SILVIS — Morgan Hoffmann shared third in the 2016 John Deere Classic with consistency throughout the weekend. The 2017 event was very similar with a 12th-place tie Sunday at TPC Deere Run.
“Bad play the first couple of days held me back,” said Hoffman, who will miss next week’s British Open Championship after finishing 13-under for the tournament.
However, Sunday's final-round effort hardly kept Hoffmann down on the leaderboard. He fired a 7-under 64, which tied Steve Stricker and Wesley Bryan for the best final-round score.
Hoffman was on the verge of matching a career-best Deere Run round of 63 until a bogey on the par 4 No. 18.
“Overall, I’m happy with a 7-under on Sunday. It’s always cool to post that,” Hoffman said. “The beginning part of the round was a lot of fun, then coming down the stretch I felt great. I missed a couple of bad putts coming in, but I’m ecstatic about the round today.”
That opening portion of Sunday saw him quickly jump up the leaderboard after starting tied for 57th after three rounds. He birdied the par 5 No. 2 and the par 3 No. 3 before holing out an eagle on No. 5 from 119 yards.
“I hit 3-wood off the tee, hit it really good and got it down to the end of the fairway," Hoffmann said of his shot on No. 5. "I had a perfect number on the front end. I told my caddie before I hit it, ‘Let’s just hole this,’ and we did. So we were pretty pumped.
“To go 4-under after five (holes) was a bonus.”
Daniel Summerhays had his putter rolling on the front nine during his final round, going 4-under on the day with a bogey-free front side. Even on the back nine, he was solid, only bogeying No. 10 to join Hoffman at 13-under.
“I played, honestly, really solid today,” Summerhays said. “Only one shot I wish I got back was my wedge shot on No. 10 where I caught it thin, went over the green. That was a pretty big mistake, but overall I played pretty well.”
With the leaders stuck in a gaggle at the top of the leaderboard all afternoon, Summerhays found himself getting closer and closer to being in that mix while he was on course. On the No. 18 green, with a chance for birdie, he left an 11-footer on the lip of the cup and settled for par.
“We’ve seen so many 62s and 63s this week, I figured I could go 4 or 5-under on the back and really win the tournament,” Summerhays said. “It’s nice on Sunday to feel like you have a legitimate chance to win. I was happy to put myself in that position and just couldn’t quite get a couple of putts to fall there on the back nine.”
Bud Cauley also finished 13-under for the tournament, going 5-under and bogey-free on the final 18 holes. After making the turn from a two-birdie showing on the front nine, he eagled No. 10 from 62 yards away. Then he sank a 23-foot putt for birdie on No. 11.
Chris Stroud finished tied for 19th at 12-under after a 5-under 66. He birdied the par 5 No. 2 with a 32-foot chip shot.
Andres Romero and K.J. Choi had solid showings in the final round to finish tied for 25th at 11-under. Romero finished with a 6-under 65. Choi shot a 5-under 66.