The 2022 Travelers Championship Summary had a little bit of everything. There was amazing golf, walk offs, final hole drama and much more. At the top of the leader-board was Xander Schauffele who claimed his 6th career PGA tour victory and 2nd win of this PGA Tour season at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Xander Schaufelle ended up winning by two shots over Sahith Theegala and JT Poston on 19-under with a clutch tournament-ending birdie on the 72nd hole.
Schaufelle made four birdies and two bogeys on the final day of the tournament. He shot below par in all four rounds, posting a 63, 63, 67 and 68 as the other players gave chase. Xander went the first 48 holes of the tournament before his first bogey.
Schauffele claimed his 6th career PGA Tour victory and won the $1,494,000 winner’s share of the $8,300,000 purse.
Theegala was leading by one on the final hole after making a remarkable birdie on the 17th with an awesome approach shot from a divot. This marked his 3rd birdie in a 5 hole span.
Unfortunately Theegala found trouble on the par-4 final hole. His tee shot ended up close to the lip of the bunker. He failed to escape the sand with his first swing and was left with the same difficult shot.
“I knew it was going to be close to the lip, but not that close,” Theegala said of his lie in the bunker. “Never in a million years did I think I would allow myself to blade it…I just straight bladed it.”
He splashed out with his third shot and wedged to 12 feet. Theegala’s putt lipped out and he finished with a double bogey. Schauffele capitalized with a birdie on the 18th to win the championship leaving Theegala tied for 2nd.
Veteran tour pro Jason Kokrak shot an impressive 67 in the opening round of the Travelers Championship. He then added another solid round on Friday and it looked like Kokrak would be playing the weekend at TPC River Highlands .
Unfortunately his second round did not end as planned. Technically it actually didn’t end at all. This is because after hitting his ball out of bounds, Kokrak picked up his clubs and walked off the course in one of the most bizarre moments this year.
He smashed a long drive on the short par-4 9th hole and proceeded to airmail the green completely with his approach shot. Kokrak was 4 over at this point after a double bogey on the previous hole and had no chance at making the cut. He then decided to walk-off and was therefore disqualified for failing to hand in a scorecard.
Obviously rumors quickly spread that Kokrak may have fled the course in frustration, maybe for good on his way to join LIV Golf but only time will tell.
The 2022 John Deere Classic is the next event on the PGA Tour schedule.
The PGA Tour field is set for this event, played at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. The field is headlined by the likes of Daniel Berger, Lucas Glover, Denny McCarthy and more.
This is set to be a 156-player field and played out over four days, with this event marking the 36th tournament of the 2021-2022 PGA Tour schedule.
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