I realize these guys are playing for huge purses, and that second-place prize money is a life-changing amount. They have families and friends to provide for, and they need to think about FedExCup Points and Presidents Cup Standings; they need to secure their career and bank accounts, and I get it.

But there’s nothing more entertaining than the pure, unadulterated will to win.

That’s exactly what Charley Hoffman showed on Sunday at the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, when he decided to go for the green on the par-5 667-yard hole No. 16 while sitting three shots back of eventual champion Hideki Matsuyama. The pre-shot exchange with his caddie was even more telling about his mindset, and will to win; or at least the will to not finish second (again).

“I’m trying to win a golf tournament,” Hoffman said. “”I’m tired of finishing second.”

Hoffman went on to make a disappointing par on the hole, ultimately finishing in third place, six strokes behind Matsuyama. But he showed a lot of determination by taking on the shot that could have cost him a lot of money, and he showed what Skip Bayless would call the “clutch gene” by actually pulling off the shot.

If you ask Brandel Chamblee, this type of decision-making down the stretch may have helped Ian Poulter win the 2017 Players Championship.

Moral of the story: If you have a chance to win — whether it’s a PGA Tour event or your local club championship — embrace the opportunity.

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Andrew Tursky is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.


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