Scott Hoch

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Scott Hoch
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Scott Mabon Hoch
Born (1955-11-24) November 24, 1955 (age 66)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Orlando, Florida
College Wake Forest University
Turned professional 1979
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
European Tour 1
Japan Golf Tour 3
Champions Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1989
U.S. Open T5: 1993, 2002
The Open Championship T8: 2002
PGA Championship T3: 1987
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy 1986
Byron Nelson Award 1986

Scott Mabon Hoch (born November 24, 1955) is an American professional golfer, who represented his country in the Ryder Cup in 1997 and 2002.

Hoch was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was a member of the golf team at Wake Forest University before graduating in 1978. He also played on the winning U.S. team in the Eisenhower Trophy. He turned professional in 1979.

Hoch has won several tournaments, including the Western Open, the Ford Championship at Doral, the Heineken Dutch Open and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1986. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Hoch is widely known for missing a two-foot-long putt that would have won the 1989 Masters Tournament on the first playoff hole, which he lost to Nick Faldo on the next hole.[1] At the 1987 PGA Championship, Hoch three-putted the 18th hole on Sunday from inside of ten feet. A two-putt would have secured a playoff spot for him.

Hoch is also well known for his infamous quote regarding playing in The Open Championship at the "home of golf" at St Andrews. Hoch referred to this course, considered hallowed ground by most golfers around the world, as "the worst piece of mess" he had ever seen.[2]

In 1982, Hoch said that he feared he was going to die after an intruder came into his hotel room in Tucson, Arizona, held him and his wife, Sally, at gunpoint, and tied them up for an hour.[3]

In 1989, Hoch said that he was "really hurt" after being named "Least Popular Golfer" in a poll of Tour players conducted by the Dallas Times Herald.[3]

In May 2007, Hoch won his first Champions Tour event, the FedEx Kinko's Classic. In February 2008, he won his second and third events in consecutive weeks.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (22)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 20, 1980 Quad Cities Open −14 (63-66-68-69=266) 3 strokes United States Curtis Strange
2 Apr 25, 1982 USF&G Classic −10 (67-69-70=206) 2 strokes Australia Bob Shearer, United States Tom Watson
3 Jul 22, 1984 Miller High Life QCO −14 (67-67-66-66=266) 5 strokes United States George Archer, United States Vance Heafner,
United States Dave Stockton
4 Apr 30, 1989 Las Vegas Invitational −24 (69-64-68-65-70=336) Playoff United States Robert Wrenn
5 Feb 20, 1994 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −26 (66-62-70-66-70=334) 3 strokes United States Lennie Clements, United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.,
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
6 Sep 3, 1995 Greater Milwaukee Open −16 (68-71-65-65=269) 3 strokes United States Marco Dawson
7 Jul 14, 1996 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill −19 (64-68-66-67=265) 4 strokes United States Tom Purtzer
8 Aug 31, 1997 Greater Milwaukee Open −16 (70-66-66-66=268) 1 stroke United States Loren Roberts, United States David Sutherland
9 Apr 29, 2001 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic −16 (68-68-67-69=272) 1 stroke United States Brett Quigley, United States Scott Simpson
10 Jul 8, 2001 Advil Western Open −21 (69-68-66-64=267) 1 stroke United States Davis Love III
11 Mar 9, 2003 Ford Championship at Doral −17 (66-70-66-69=271) Playoff United States Jim Furyk

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1989 Masters Tournament England Nick Faldo Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 1989 Las Vegas Invitational United States Robert Wrenn Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
3 1995 Shell Houston Open United States Payne Stewart Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 2003 Ford Championship at Doral United States Jim Furyk Won with birdie on third extra hole

European Tour wins (1)

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)

Other wins (4)

Champions Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 May 6, 2007 FedEx Kinko's Classic −15 (67-66-68=201) 2 strokes United States D. A. Weibring
2 Feb 10, 2008 Allianz Championship −14 (67-67-68=202) 1 stroke United States Brad Bryant, United States Bruce Lietzke
3 Feb 17, 2008 The ACE Group Classic −14 (68-66-68=202) Playoff United States Brad Bryant, United States Tom Jenkins, United States Tom Kite

Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2008 The ACE Group Classic United States Brad Bryant, United States Tom Jenkins, United States Tom Kite Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with United States Kenny Perry)
United States David Eger & Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty Lost to par on second extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T34
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP T37 DNP T27 DNP T53 DNP DNP CUT 2
U.S. Open DNP CUT WD T48 DNP T34 DNP T36 T21 T13
PGA Championship CUT CUT DNP 61 T48 T12 T41 T3 T25 T7
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T14 T35 DNP DNP CUT T7 T5 38 T16 T44
U.S. Open T8 6 CUT T5 T13 T56 T7 T10 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T49 T43 CUT T6 CUT CUT T61 T6 T29 T21
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament CUT T37 CUT CUT DNP
U.S. Open T16 T16 T5 CUT T53
The Open Championship DNP CUT T8 DNP DNP
PGA Championship T74 T7 CUT T57 WD

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 2 3 5 18 13
U.S. Open 0 0 0 2 6 11 23 16
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 5 8 24 17
Totals 0 1 1 5 15 25 70 48
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1983 Masters – 1987 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (4 times)

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. Gregory, Sean (April 9, 2008). "Hoch the Choke, 1989". Time.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Morfit, Cameron (January 17, 2007). "Scott Hoch Speaks Candidly About Tiger, CBS and Frank Chirkinian". Golf Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Reilly, Rick (June 12, 1989). "Hoch Choke". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 17, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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