Charley Hoffman didn’t let a little rain dampen his resolve to gain ground in the FedExCup race. If anything, Flash Global’s favorite golfer channeled his inner surfer dude-coolness and fashioned a wave of bcharley hoffman bmw championshipirdies on the back nine that put him among the early contenders at the BMW Championship.

Hoffman, who grew up near San Diego, capitalized on favorable scoring conditions after a 3 ½-hour rain delay to fire a 3-under-par 69 that left him in a tie for 10th with 14 others. Play was suspended due to darkness with more than half of the 69-man field still on the course. First-round play is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. EDT; however, more bad weather is in the forecast.

Hoffman, whose round included 13 pars and four birdies (three of which came on the back side after the rain delay), is looking to move into the top 30 in FedExCup points and qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship in two weeks.

Our man moved up two spots to No. 34 in the latest projected rankings, meaning he still got some work to do. Current projected FedExCup Points.


First-round leaderboard