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Five years ago in Fargo started Tom Hoge's road to the PGA Tour Championship

Hoge won the 2017 Bobcat Open. It may have been the springboard to Hoge's remarkable 2022 season.

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Tom Hoge hits his approach shot on No. 8 during the 2015 Bobcat North Dakota Open at the Fargo Country Club. Hoge shot a 66.
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Five years ago this week, Tom Hoge was back in town winning the Bobcat Open at Fargo Country Club.

Hoge had missed out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs and was trying to get his game back in form.

Fast forward to today and Hoge is preparing for the richest golf tournament he's ever played in, the Tour Championship.

18 million dollars goes to the winner. 500 thousand to last place!

You could have won a lot of money in 2017 that Hoge would be one of the top 30 on the PGA Tour in five years, but that shows you exactly how crazy a year it's been for Hoge.

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His first PGA Tour win at Pebble Beach. A trip to Augusta and playing the weekend at the Masters.

A top ten finish at the PGA Championship.

Now instead of worrying about his tour card, Hoge is already guaranteed spots in all the majors next year. He will get some looks at a potential Ryder Cup spot next September.

And with the PGA's announcement today of even more money for select events coming, Hoge is in the best spot in his professional life.

It's hard to imagine a time he was ever struggling.

But those three days at Fargo Country Club in 2017 may have been the start of what we see this weekend.

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Opinion by Dom Izzo
Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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