The return of the PGA did not disappoint this weekend.
The Charles Schwab Challenge held at historic Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas was the first tournament since the shutdown caused by COVID-19. The first two rounds were quite entertaining with plenty of scoring on display. The cut line following Friday’s round was -2, meaning there we a lot of players ghat had great rounds the first two days of action.
This scoring carried into moving day creating a bottle neck at the top of the leaderboard. The most impressive part is not necessarily the amount of people in contention, but the caliber of those names.
Here is a quick rundown
Xander Schauffele led the field coming into Sunday’s round sitting at -13. T-2 is where it really gets impressive with the following players in contention: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Branden Grace, Collin Morikawa, and Gary Woodland.
Needless to say Sunday did not disappoint.
It was up and down and back and forth all afternoon
Bryson “Thicc Boi” DeChambeau is among the names that stands out that made a late charge for the title on Sunday. The Incredible Bulk came up just short after bogeying No. 17 and missing a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have put him in the eventual sudden death playoff.
You hate to see it.
The local favorite, Jordan Spieth, had a roller-coaster round. It looked like a late charge was at at hand for Spieth after a rough front 9.
However those hopes were dashed after Spieth pushed his drive on No.14 out of bounds. Thomas never really was able to get into a rhythm on Sunday, shooting +1 for the day to finish the week T-10 at -11 with Spieth.
The real drama came from Schauffele, Daniel Berger, and one of the young guns on tour, Morikawa. As noted before, Schauffele started the day with the solo lead at -13, but this would not last long. Berger and Morikawa surged their ways up the leader board to put the pressure on Schauffele.
Holes 15-18 proved too much for Schauffele as he went birdie-bogey-birdie-Par to finish the day at -14, putting him one shy of the leaders at -15. This meant a two-man, sudden-death playoff.
The PGA Tour out here giving viewers absolutely titillating action on a beautiful Sunday in the exotic country of Texas.
The playoff was set to include holes 17 and 18
The two teed off on No. 17 with two decent tee shots. The approach shots is were the drama starts. Both were unable to hold the green.
Berger was able to pull off an incredible up-and-down from a buried lie off the backside of the green. Morikawa found the left side of the green and was able to put it within eight feet.
Needing to make the putt to extend the playoff the worst happened. Morikawa’s putt lipped out to give the win to Berger.
This weekend was just a taste of things to come as it pertains to live sports. With the NHL, NBA, and MLS set to return in July, things are just beginning to heat up for the summer.
Check back on Wednesday for my preview of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.