Xander Schauffele wins Travelers Great after Sahith Theegala’s tragic finish

Xander Schauffele picked up his 6th career PGA Tour owership papers on Sunday.

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Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay have joined in Ryder Cups almost all win this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, only on this Sunday they were in their final pairing of the Travelers Shining squaring turned off for a PGA Tour label. One player, however , received the W, while the some fell way down the leaderboard. Here’s how Sunday available on TPC River Highlands throughout the Cromwell, Conn., went down.

Who landed: Xander Schauffele (two-under 68, 19 still under overall)

How it happened: Schauffele entered the day having one-shot lead over Cantlay and led Sahith Theegala by three and Kevin Kisner by four, since Schauffele increased his dominate with a one-under front trying to find as Cantlay failed to receive his round on track. Schauffele went birdie-bogey on 6 and 12, and Theegala added a two-putt bird on 15 to wrap Schauffele at 18 younger than. It was the fourth birdie of the day for Theegala, a 24-year-old rookie, who at that point employed yet to make a bogey concerning Sunday. On 17 Theegala took his first live, hitting his approach to 5 feet and rolling by the putt to get to 19 down below. He teed off by 18 with a one-shot come over Schauffele, but Theegala found the left fairway bunker. Up against the top (123 yards to the green, and 105 to the front), Theegala went for the sensei shot and couldn’t get away from the sand.

He then blasted out to the fairway as well did well to stick the dog’s approach from 75 yards to 12 feet, however it he lipped out then made double bogey. He fixed for a three-under 67, but also Schauffele just needed to establish par to win. The doctor hit his approach to one meter and made birdie. Theegala and as well as J. T. Poston linked for second.

For why it matters: It’s the sixth field PGA Tour title during Schauffele, 28, and the to start with stroke-play victory since his own win at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions (he won the Zurich using Cantlay a couple of months ago). It is very Schauffele’s first time (in a period of attempts) converting a 54-hole lead or co-lead. Theegala made his pro comienzo at the Travelers in 2020 and he was trying to earn for the first time in his 38th experience start.

Who won (kind of) without actually winning: The Travelers was the third PGA Tour start off out for 20-year-old amateur College or university Thorbjornsen, a Wellesley, Big., native who just finally finished his sophomore year using Stanford and received a trustworthy sponsor exemption into the domain. He was trying to become the the first thing amateur to win about Tour since Phil Mickelson won the 1991 Western Telecom Open, and he make quite the fight. Thorbjornsen started the day tied over 7th but got to within one with an eagle-par-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie grow on Nos. 6-11. Tom fell back with bogeys on 12 and 15 but parred the rest, finalized for a four-under 66 in addition to the finished 4th, the best-ever finish for an amateur around the Travelers.

Who were: Cantlay commenced out the day one back and for the final pairing, but determination just one par on the front one and turned in two-over in between. His back nine contained a double bogey what two more pars. The man shot 76 (one cva off the worst round within the day) and tied when it comes to 13th.

Cruelest lip-out award: Theegala needed to remodel this putt to save bogey on 18 and put a handful pressure on Schauffele. Later on missed, but it ended up being that moot point, as Schauffele needed par to suceed in but made birdie that would win by two.

Up next: The PGA Tour managers west for the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Sad. Next week is also the second LIV Golf Invitational Series episode, which tees off with Thursday at Pumpkin Form in Oregon.

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