Hoffman, Campbell return to Las Vegas for Frys.com Open

Oct 11, 2007 - 4:19 AM LAS VEGAS (Ticker) - Charley Hoffman and Chad Campbell are both determined to leave Las Vegas with a victory this week.

A pair of UNLV grads, Hoffman and Campbell are back in their old stomping ground for the Frys.com Open, which starts Thursday.

Hoffman, a member of UNLV's 1998 NCAA Championship team, is looking for his second win of the season. He won the first event he played, the Bob Hope Classic, but did not have another top-10 finish until Turning Stone three weeks ago.

He is coming off a tie for 11th at the Texas Open still had plenty to play for.

"The reason why I'm playing is trying to get into the Masters, top 30 Money List. I think even if you win twice you might get in," Hoffman said. "Either way, if I win I'm going to get into the Masters. I've never played and that's my goal playing here in the fall as much as I have."

Hoffman would likely be playing this week even if he didn't need to improve his standing on the money list.

"Coming home, when we're on the road as much as we are, it's great to come home and sleep in your own bed and play golf courses your familiar with," Hoffman said. "I really didn't have to play any practice rounds. Just cruised around on the golf course Monday just checking out the shape, and it's always nice to come home."

Campbell, who has moved up 42 spots on the money list since the start of the Fall Series, also played college golf at UNLV and is happy to be back.

"It's just great coming back. I loved going to school out here," Campbell said. "I love the city. Always have a good time out here and always look forward to coming back."

Campbell, who is playing in his final event of the season, won the Viking Classic two weeks ago and is coming off a tie for 15th at the Texas Open.

"You never want to come into a tournament not playing very well, so it's nice to have, a win a couple weeks ago," Campbell said. I Really feel like I played pretty good last week. Didn't play the best the final round, but, you know, kind of kept it going from Jackson, so it's nice. And then coming into here I think this is going to be my last tournament for the year, so I definitely want to end on good note.

"I feel like I'm playing well and I have a good shot at winning. I'm looking forward to the week and see what happens."

The last three winners of this event - Troy Matteson, Wes Short and Andre Stolz - were all first-time winners.

The two courses used for the $4 million event are TPC at Summerlin, which is the host course, and TPC at the Canyons. The first two rounds will be rotated between each course with the host course being used over the weekend.

First prize is $720,000.

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