PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Charley Hoffman rallied from a three-shot deficit Sunday by closing with a 5-under-par 66 for a one-shot victory over Shawn Stefani in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Hoffman ended another long drought with his third career victory on the PGA Tour. He had gone 105 starts between his first and second victories, and this time went 108 starts until taking the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year.
“It’s been awhile between wins,” Hoffman said. “I kept calm and kept hitting good shots.”
Hoffman, 37, finished at 17-under 267 and earned $1.098 million.
Andres Gonzales (67) of Olympia tied for third place at 15 under. It was the 31-year-old’s best finish in 49 career starts on the PGA Tour and he earned $353,800.
Michael Putnam (73) of University Place led after two rounds and ended up tied for 51st at 4 under.
Former Washington Husky Nick Taylor (72) tied for 56th place at 3 under and Andrew Putnam (71), Michael’s 25-year-old brother, tied for 62nd at 2 under.
Stefani (69) was one stroke off the lead after he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.
The par-4 18th hole was eventful.
Stefani hit into a fairway bunker with a lip so steep he had no viable option other than hitting a sand wedge about 50 yards short of the green. Hoffman’s tee shot rolled up against the base of a tree, which forced him to play a left-handed shot back to the fairway.
Hoffman pulled his approach about 30 feet left of the hole. Stefani’s pitch came up woefully short, and he chipped to 5 feet. That allowed Hoffman two putts for the victory; his par putt ended up about 18 inches from the hole and set up a tap-in bogey.