The sun and wind of Tuesday turned into fog and drizzle Wednesday morning at The Olympic Club, where Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann was practicing on the range. The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a successful three years at Oklahoma State University and played on the 2009 Walker Cup team, took an eventful route to this year's U.S. Open.
Last week, Hoffmann secured a spot in the Sectional Qualifying Round in Columbus, Ohio, as an alternate. After arriving in town on Sunday night, however, there was a mix-up about whether he was actually in the field. The confusion was straightened out quickly, but as Morgan said, “It was scary, although I can laugh about it now.”
He made the most of his opportunity by shooting a 69 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course and a 72 at Scioto Country Club. That performance earned him a spot in a four-way playoff for the last three qualifying positions. Morgan became the first player to survive the playoff with a birdie on the second extra hole to secure his spot in the field at Olympic. The playoff was the same one in which Titleist Staff Professional Dennis Miller earned the final position when his 20-foot birdie putt dropped into the hole after sitting on the lip for several seconds. The video has exploded on the internet.
Morgan played his final practice round Wednesday morning with former OSU teammate and Pro V1x loyalist Rickie Fowler and OSU alum and Titleist golf ball loyalist Bo Van Pelt.
The Olympic Club is no stranger to Morgan, who played in the 2007 U.S. Amateur as a 17-year old, missing match play but shooting a one-over 71 on the Lake Course, which will host the U.S. Open. "I feel like I know it pretty well," he said.
What's in Morgan Hoffmann's Bag?:
Golf ball: Titleist Pro V1x.
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º.
Irons: Titleist MB (4-9).
Pitching Wedge: Titleist CB.
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 gap (52º), sand (58º) and lob (64º).
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport SS.