Has Las Vegas resident and former UNLV Rebel golfer Charley Hoffman turned in his Rebel Red for University of Nevada Wolfpack Blue? Hoffman, who won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic earlier this year, is one of several PGA Tour stars who have shared their NCAA brackets with PGATOUR.com. And one of Hoffman's final four picks was Nevada, the arch-rival of his alma mater UNLV.
For the record, Hoffman did have UNLV going to the Elite Eight before losing to Florida. UNLV lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Oregon. Nevada, however, lost in the first round to Creighton. Hoffman is a regular at several Las Vegas golf courses including TPC Summerlin, TPC Canyons and Southern Highlands Golf Club.
Hoffman, who was one of the stars of the 1998 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Golf National Championship team, is fast becoming a very recognizeable player on the PGA Tour. His long, surfer blonde hair, big-hitting ways and carefree attitude have attracted national attention. But his quality play is what has people talking the most.
Through nine PGA Tour events in 2007, he has earned more than a million dollars and is 15th on the money list. He is ranked 13th in FedEx Cup points.
In his bracket, Hoffman picked Nevada, USC, Florida and UCLA for the Final Four, with UCLA winning the championship by beating USC in the final game. Hoffman is from Southern California so it appears he might have been listening to his heart, instead of his head, at least with the USC pick.