Charley opens with 71 after sizzling start cools on back nine

On the same day Flash Global announced its sponsorship agreement with Charley Hoffman, our man came out firing on all cylinders.

Two birdies and an eagle in the first seven holes left Charley positioned near the top of the leaderboard during the opening round of The Barclays, the first of four tournaments in the season-ending FedExCup Playoffs. He closed the front side with two solid pars that left him at 4 under and no doubt feeling confident. However, things were about to take a turn for the worse.

Bethpage State Park (Black), a notoriously tough layout that hosted the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009, began living up to its dark side reputation. Three consecutive bogeys starting at the par-4 10th and two more on Nos. 16 and 17 led to a finishing score of even-par 71. The lone bright spot on the back nine came with this 8-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 14th. Watch it here:

Charley’s group tees off at 12:44 EDT on Friday. Watch the action live from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on PGA Tour Live and on Golf Channel from 2-6 p.m. Go get ’em, Charley!

First-round leaderboard