What Happened to Charley Hoffman’s Forearm? PGA Tour Pro’s Serious Injury Explored

Published 02/11/2024, 8:40 PM EST

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The WM Phoenix Open sure did turn the heads of many. But, despite the bad weather and chaotic fans enjoying themselves, the golf world has not forgotten to shine its spotlight on the players leading the scoreboard, especially Charley Hoffman. However, as the professional dishes out his exemplary skills on the greens, many eyes in the community turn to his forearm.

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Why? Well, there is a big scar on the lower arm of the golfer, which came as a result of a surgery he had undergone a while back. However, as the American closely missed out on his fifth victory on the circuit after 2016, one can’t help but become curious about the mark, which signifies a tough moment in his life.

The story behind Charley Hoffman’s scar

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Back in May 2023, the professional shared an update on his Instagram handle with a picture of the scar. He mentioned how there are “risks involved in being out in the sun,” all the while recounting a routine visit he had with a dermatologist two weeks before the same. Unfortunately, they found “severely sun-damaged skin” on his forearm.

Adding on, the 47-year-old recalled how he wanted to wait till the end of the 2023 season to do the procedure but eventually decided against it. “Cancer isn’t anything you want to mess around with,” said the golfer before going ahead with the surgery. As a result of the same, “a huge chunk of his forearm” was removed, leading to his missing the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Golf Course.

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When did he come back to the game? Well, the post was shared on May 18th, last year. Before the procedure, he last played at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he failed to make the cut. However, the following month, he made his appearance at the 2023 U.S. Open after the surgery, where he finished at T49 with a score of 6 over 286.

Now, almost nine months after the whole ordeal, the golfer has managed to once again showcase his skills on the course. Moreover, he did so by carding a T2 finish at the WM Phoenix Open a little while back.

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Hoffman’s amazing run at the TPC Scottsdale

Throughout the four days of golf, the 2016 Valero Texas Open champ managed to tie himself with Nick Taylor at the top position with a score of 64 (-7) on the last day of play, totaling 21-under 263. However, he was unable to emerge victorious at the same owing to him losing out on the second playoff hole at par-4, 18th, against Taylor.

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But even so, he put up an amazing performance on the greens, carding as many as 25 birdies from Thursday until Sunday, with six of the same coming from the last day. Moreover, he also dished out 6 bogeys and an eagle, the last of which came from the par-5 13th hole at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Although he missed out on the victory, Hoffman sure did manage to turn heads and captivate the hearts of many!

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Allan Abe

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Allan Abe is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. He shares a longtime passion for the sport, having idolized players like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott as a child. Armed with his Master’s Degree in English, Allan has covered many themes in golf as a beat writer with more than 800 articles and excels at live coverage and a hole-to-hole analysis of events.
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