Adrenaline junkie Hoffmann getting his kicks at Bay Hill
(Reuters) - For a self-confessed "adrenaline junkie", golf presents its own set of challenges that Morgan Hoffmann enjoys getting to grips with.
The 25-year-old New Jersey native has a pilot's license, like to drive fast cars and is a former ice hockey player, but this week all his focus is on winning his first PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Hoffmann, who takes a three-shot lead into the third round after opening with a 66 and posting a 65 on Friday, said he turned down a chance to skate with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky just last week.
"I was actually supposed to go to Vegas last week to go skate with Gretzky. He has a celebrity (tournament) for hockey," said Hoffmann, who picked the flatstick over the hockey stick in high school.
"That would have been fun but I feel a little bit smart and try not to get hurt."
Hoffmann, a defenseman on the ice, said ice hockey might have been a viable career path.
"I loved it," the former Oklahoma State golfer said.
"If I wasn't playing golf I'd be playing hockey for sure. I would like to think I would have gone pretty far but, I had to pick -- my dad made me pick one sport in high school and it turned out to be the right choice."
Hoffmann also has a healthy appetite. He had five eggs, turkey, oatmeal, raspberry and strawberries before his morning tee time and sampled some turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans on the course. Continued...