Scott Hoch was one of the most consistent players of his era on the PGA Tour. Born in Raleigh, N.C. in 1955, he spent his early years with his dad who ran the pools at Wildwood and Raleigh Country Clubs. If he didn’t go play golf, his dad would put him to work at the pool. He played a lot of golf.
Hoch graduated from Wake Forest University in 1978 and is in the school’s hall of fame. He turned professional in 1979 and won 11 times on the PGA Tour, playing in 644 events and making 498 cuts, earning over $18 million.
He won the Vardon Trophy for low stroke average on the Tour in 1986 and was a member of two Ryder Cup teams in 1997 and 2002.
Although he never won a major, he finished runner-up to Nick Faldo in the 1989 Masters play-off and missed a playoff for the 1987 PGA Championship by one stroke.
When asked about his career, Hoch said, “It was a matter of determination. I knew I was never the best. I wanted to do well and prove myself. I didn’t have the highs of some players but I didn’t have the lows either. I was pretty even keel throughout my career.”
Since joining the PGA Champions Tour in 2007, Hoch has won three times so far with earnings over $3 million.
Scott Hoch was inducted in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.