Bo Hoag worked for eight years to earn his first PGA Tour card, so the wait for play to resume because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will be short by comparison.

That doesn't necessarily make it any more pleasant for the 2007 Upper Arlington graduate, who had had varying amounts of success trying to find courses on which to play as he tries to remain sharp.

Hoag resides in Jupiter, Florida, but was in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week to get in daily work.

"I don't think there's a player on the tour who is having their normal routine right now," said Hoag, who played for Ohio State from 2007-11. "It just depends on where the player lives. I know guys in California who are completely shut down. They can't do anything at all. I'm in south Florida and Palm Beach County has their courses closed, but the neighboring county to the north (Martin) had their courses open, so it's been hit-or-miss (in that respect).

"The first order of business is just trying to stay safe and be a good citizen ... but at the same time, try to get some kind of work in during these weird times. It's definitely been a challenge."

Hoag earned his card last August with his first professional win, the Portland Open, which was the final regular-season event of the Korn Ferry Tour. He received a congratulatory call from UA native and golf legend Jack Nicklaus shortly thereafter.

"This has always been his dream, his goal," said Tanner Murphy, Hoag's best friend since high school and a former teammate with both the Golden Bears and Buckeyes. "From when we were growing up at Scioto (Country Club) then to UA and to Ohio State, I don't know that there was ever an alternative for him, a plan B."

Hoag, who was Division I state tournament medalist as a senior in 2006 when he led the Bears to the state championship, was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree for the Buckeyes. He played on PGA Tour Canada from 2013-15 and in three Web.com tournaments and a PGA event in 2016 before competing on the Korn Ferry Tour the past three years.

"Honestly, I think it's been a culmination of trying to improve. I wasn't good enough to compete on the PGA Tour right when I got out of college, but I had to pay my dues at various levels and solidify that level before I moved to the next one," Hoag said. "It's been a good process for me. I feel like I've only gone up each year."

Hoag has participated in 14 tournaments this season, making the cut nine times and earning $429,989. His best finish to date was a tie for 11th place at the Bermuda Championship in November.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Brown, who recruited Hoag starting his sophomore season at UA and coached the Buckeyes from 1973-2009, said Hoag had the "it factor" even as an underclassman.

"Even as a sophomore, he played way above his class. He played like a senior," Brown said. "He always had such a great desire to play professional golf. It's not easy out there. You have to have some luck on your side. For all the guys out there trying (to make the PGA Tour), you hear about the ones who make it, but there are so many who fight for years and don't.

"When he finally made it, I was so happy for him."

Hoag's busy life over the past year extends beyond golf. He and longtime girlfriend Kristen Cochran, also a 2007 UA graduate, were married Jan. 4, with Murphy serving as best man.

Hoag's parents, Wes and Kim, still reside in UA.

The PGA Tour is scheduled to resume June 11 with The Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village was postponed from June 4-7 to July 16-19, a weekend normally reserved for the British Open. The latter event was canceled for the first time in 75 years because of the pandemic.

Hoag's grandfather, Robert S. Hoag, was one of the four founders of Muirfield Village and an original co-chairman of the Memorial Tournament.

Hoag, who played the Memorial in 2012 and finished 13-over par, missing the cut, laughed when asked how many times he'd played at Muirfield.

"You might as well ask me how many times I've hit a golf ball," he said. "All these tournaments are great. You're getting everybody's best every week of the year, but for me, the Memorial Tournament is my ultimate being in my hometown. There are so many things there that make that extra special for me."

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