Hoffman reflects on timeous win

Valero Texas Open winner Charley Hoffman revealed that it was about time he closed out an event, given his solid record of late.

The American has been in contention for a win after 36 holes on a number of occasions over the past few weeks but has struggled to produce the goods when it counted.

For example, he was in the lead at the halfway stage at the Shell Houston Open but slumped to a T33 position after rounds of 74 and 76.

At last week's RBC Heritage, Hoffman shared the 36 hole lead and was T2 after 54 holes, only to card a four-over 75 to slip down to T14.

"It's been a rough month and a half," the 39-year-old said after the win.

"That's where 'It's about time' comes from. Obviously, I had good feelings coming into this week and knew I needed to close the door.

"It’s been tough. To be able to go through that period in the last month and a half and close the door like I did – it's a very good gratifying feeling."

Of his four wins on the PGA Tour, the last of which was in November 2014, Hoffman believes this was the hardest, with Patrick Reed putting up a strong fight.

"This was my hardest one," he added.

"Grabbing that lead and holding on to it…it's tough to keep the pedal down and give yourself birdie opportunities and win golf tournaments."

Reed missed a breaking seven-foot putt that could have tied Hoffman for the lead on the 16th. Reed then handed Hoffman another life when he missed an easier putt from about the same distance on the 17th.

"I definitely dodged bullets there," quipped Hoffman.

"I made my par saves and he missed his birdies, so I was able to keep my momentum."

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