Travelers Championship fourth-time lucky for Xander Schauffele

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With the win at the Travelers Championship, Xander Schauffele is projected to move to World No. 11. Photo: golfdigest.com

Xander Schauffele (1st/-19) offset two bogeys with four birdies to win his sixth career PGA TOUR event at the Travelers Championship, and second of the season, at the age of 28 years, 8 months, 1 day in his 134th start.

Wins in his fourth start at the Travelers (T14/2017, MC/2018, T20/2020, won/2022).

 

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Improved to 1-for-5 when attempting to convert a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory. With the win, collected 500 FedExCup points and moved to No. 8 in the standings (from 20th).

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With the win, is projected to move to World No. 11.

The last individual stroke-play title on TOUR before this week came at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions. Xander claimed his fifth title earlier this season at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, partnering with Patrick Cantlay.

Became the seventh multiple winner in the 2021-22 PGA TOUR season.

The win at TPC River Highlands marked his sixth consecutive top 20 finish on TOUR; comes off a T14 at last week’s U.S. Open.

Becomes the eighth 54-hole leader/co-leader to convert for the win at the Travelers Championship and first since Chez Reavie in 2019.

 

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Becomes the 14th player to convert a 54-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR into victory this season and second in as many weeks (Matt Fitzpatrick/U.S. Open).

 

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TOUR rookie Sahith Theegala followed a 6-under 64 in round three with a 3-under 67 Sunday to claim T2 honours, his best TOUR finish in 38 starts.

Playing in the second-to-last group, he held a one-stroke lead at 19-under before taking a double-bogey-six at the 72nd hole to eventually finish two strokes back with J.T. Poston.

 

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The finish marked his fifth top-10 finish of the season and supplants a previous-best career showing of T3 from the WM Phoenix Open earlier this season.

Sahith made his first start as a professional at the 2020 Travelers Championship (MC), competing on a sponsor exemption.

 

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After opening the week with an 8-under 62, Poston closed with a bogey-free 6-under 64 to finish T2 at 17-under 263. He was in search of a second career TOUR title (2019 Wyndham Championship). The best of two top-10 finishes this season before this week was T3 at the RBC Heritage.

In his third TOUR start, 20-year-old Michael Thorbjornsen (4th/-15) was competing on a sponsor exemption in bid to become first amateur to win on TOUR since Phil Mickelson (1991 Northern Telecom Open).

 

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Following birdies on four of his first six holes, Chesson Hadley (5th/-14) holed his second shot at the par-4 15th from 28’ 1” en route a 6-under 64. He began the week with missed cuts in each of five previous Travelers Championship starts.

With five birdies, nine bogeys and a double bogey, Patrick Cantlay (T13/-10) made just three pars en route to a final-round 5-over 75; was seeking his eighth career TOUR title and second of the season (Zurich Classic of New Orleans, partnering with Schauffele).

 

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FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler finished T13 at 10-under 270 in his third Travelers Championship.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy claimed T19 honors at 9-under 271 in his fourth Travelers Championship.