Bo Hoag’s bucket list includes driving a lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That will have to wait. The Columbus golfer first will celebrate taking the checkered flag at a track where his career just took a turn for the better.

Hoag, 31, who grew up in Upper Arlington and played at Ohio State, earned his first PGA Tour card on Sunday by winning the Korn Ferry Tour WinCo Foods Portland Open.

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He shot 63-65 on the weekend at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, including birdies on the final two holes, to finish a tournament-record 22 under par and hold off Portland native Scott Harrington by two shots. Hoag was bogey-free over the last 27 holes to collect his first professional victory, worth $144,000.

“It’s a life changer for me,” said Hoag, who flew home from Portland on Monday to prepare for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, which begins Thursday at the Ohio State Scarlet course.

“Next week will almost be like a victory lap,” Hoag said after winning in Portland, where he became one of 25 Korn Ferry tour players to collect a PGA Tour card and earn playing privileges on the world’s top tour. He entered last week ranked No. 31 on the Korn Ferry season money list — only the top 25 automatically earn their PGA Tour cards — but jumped to No. 7 with the win.

He can improve his ranking, which would increase the number of PGA Tour events he can play next year, by playing well again this week at Scarlet, where 138 players are scheduled to tee it up in the first of three Korn Ferry playoff events.

It’s been a long road for Hoag, who has bounced around several lower-tier tours after turning professional in 2011. But he always kept the faith that someday he would reach the PGA Tour.

He knew a strong showing in Portland would put him in good position to earn his card, so his mindset on Sunday was a mix of wanting to win but also making sure he finished high enough to place among the top 25 in the final rankings.

“You know what’s at stake on a day like today and your mind drifts to it a little bit,” Hoag said. “You picture what you’re going to be doing after your round … either back here getting a card on this green or packing your car up to go home. I just told myself I wasn’t going to leave here without getting a card. Great day.”

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