SANDY, Utah — Former Oklahoma State golfer Morgan Hoffmann found himself already three strokes back before even teeing off Friday at the Utah Championship at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah.
Hoffmann, a co-leader after the first day of the Nationwide Series event, was in one of the last groups to take to the course for Friday’s second round with several golfers already having moved ahead of the two-time Big 12 champion golfer — including Tyrone Van Aswegen, who shot a 9-under 62 to move to 10-under before Hoffmann started his round.
It didn’t take him much time to make up ground, however, as he birdied three of his first five holes — as he started on the back nine — to pull even with the clubhouse leader.
After finishing his first nine with a clean scorecard, Hoffmann surged ahead of the pack with birdies on the par 3 second and the par 4 fourth to finish. He recorded his only blemish on his second to last hole with a bogey on No. 8 to finish with a 4-under 67.
In other events, former OSU golfer Bob Tway shot a 1-under 71 in the second round of the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich. Tway, the only ex-Cowboy to win a major tournament on the PGA Tour, started off his round with back-to-back birdies, but a double bogey on No. 14 and a bogey on 16 dropped him back to a tie for 42nd at 3-over to make the cut.
On the PGA Tour, Charles Howell III shot a 3-under 68 on the second day of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. It wasn’t enough to make the weekend cut, which was set at 4-under.