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Scott Free
John Garrity
March 25, 2002
Scott Hoch can live with the incongruity of being described as both a cantankerous boor and a refreshing truth-teller. What bugs him is that after all these years, his game gets no respect
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March 25, 2002

Scott Free

Scott Hoch can live with the incongruity of being described as both a cantankerous boor and a refreshing truth-teller. What bugs him is that after all these years, his game gets no respect

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Something in his eyes makes you wonder if he was talking about golf. Who among us doesn't wonder, from time to time, if he's liked, respected, loved? Consider this exchange at last week's pro-am. A couple dozen spectators were following Hoch and his amateur partners as they walked between holes. "Hey!" shouted Tour veteran Fred Funk from the 11th tee. "I didn't know you had so many friends."

"They're not with me," Hoch said cheerily. "They're with the amateurs."

If Hoch had looked more closely, he might have seen that most of them were, indeed, with him.

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