Travelers Championship 2022 standings, grades: Xander Schauffele’s steady hand earns him a sixth PGA Tour victory

In a battle between best friends, it was Xander Schauffele who reigned victorious over a declining Patrick Cantlay at the 2022 Travelers Championship. Marking his second triumph of the year and sixth of his career, this entry into the winner’s circle marks the first instance of a “normal” win in nearly five years for Schauffele.

A first-time PGA Tour winner at the 2017 Greenbrier Classic, Schauffele has since won three limited victories on the court, a tag team title with Cantlay and, of course, an Olympic gold medal last summer. However, none of these events featured a cut or field of around 150 other competitors.

Nicknamed for being unable to close the deal, Schauffele did just that this week in Cromwell, Connecticut, successfully converting a 54-hole lead for the first time in his career. Simply terrific from the start, the 28-year-old’s consistency was eventually rewarded with his first individual PGA Tour title since the 2019 Tournament of Champions.

Kicking off his Travelers Championship with back-to-back bogeyless rounds of 7s and Under 63s, Schauffele opened up a five-stroke margin heading into the weekend. Tying Scottie Scheffler’s Masters performance for the biggest 36-hole lead of 2022, Schauffele’s ship began to take on water during the third round.

With Cantlay closing the gap to one after Saturday’s action, it was plausible to believe he would be the 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year who would thrive under the pressure of the final round.

Still, with him falling to 4 on his first 12 holes, it was Schauffele who continued to assert his weighting. While there were sketchy moments throughout the round – and even a late-round header drop – it was Schauffele’s stability that shone through.

Unfortunately for Schauffele, consistency isn’t often rewarded in terms of trophies on the PGA Tour. We hear players talking about doping a few times a year in the hope that it’s enough to get a win or two. Sunday was one of those rare occasions when Schauffele’s steady hand won out over the constant movement and nervousness of his nearest competitor, Sahith Theegala.

Schauele’s career is perhaps the perfect synthesis. He was always called a bridesmaid, never a bride, but that week his stability was enough to see him walk down the aisle and add victory No. 6 to his PGA Tour resume. Rating: A+

Here are the scores for the rest of the standings at the 2022 Travelers Championship

T2. Sahith Theegala (-17): He took the solo lead after a birdie on the par-4 17 despite looking disheveled for most of the final round. Missing a few convertible birdie opportunities and dropping clubs, Theegala sneakily entered the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year conversation. With all the attention on Davis Riley and Cameron Young, Theegala has now been seriously battling for a three-time win. If not for a bad decision on the 72nd hole, he’s likely to be a PGA Tour winner. Eventually leading to a double bogey, he’ll try to put that heartache aside, as a strong end to his rookie campaign could catapult him into the championship of the circuit that holds Major repercussions.

“I did everything I thought I had to do and it turned out it all ended badly on one hole,” Theegala said. “I did so well. I didn’t even have to do much today. I don’t think there’s anything I’m going to do differently. I’m just going to keep going. stick to my process and love every moment and, yeah, just keep it going from there.” Rating: A

4. Michael Thorbjornsen (-15): We almost got the golf story of the decade in our hands as the amateur propelled himself to a single header after birdie on the par-3 11th. Playing a five-under 5-under streak, Thorbjornsen finally backed a throw-in with a few bogeys heading home, but he gave all golf fans someone to cheer on collectively. All in all, it was an incredible performance and it’s only the beginning of seeing his name on the front page of the PGA Tour rankings.

“Yeah, I would definitely say that. It gives me some confidence,” Thorbjornsen said. “I think the thing is I played well, I felt like I played well, but I didn’t feel like I played amazing. I definitely left a few shots there, I had a few errors, mental errors throughout the week. But it feels good.” Rating: A+++

T13. Webb Simpson (-10): After suffering neck and shoulder injuries over the winter, Simpson is finally getting back into shape. This is his first top 15 since the RSM Classic in November, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Just inside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to start the week, Simpson’s performance in Connecticut has the potential to propel him to a quick end to his season. Grade: B+

T13. Patrick Canlay (-10): Mr. Consistency was anything but that on Sunday, as Cantlay struggled early and often in the final round. Carding five bogeys, three birdies and a par on his nine outings, the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year couldn’t pull himself together at the turn as he saw his deficit to Schauffele increase to four. Adding one inexplicable mistake after another, Cantlay’s score in the final round eventually came to 6 out of 76. Still without a solo win in 2022, Cantlay’s season has been littered with near misses, this travelers championship adding to this total. He is set to play at the Scottish Open the week before The Open Championship, where his best result came on his debut in 2018. Category B

T19. Rory McIlroy (-9): Starting the week with an 8-under 62, McIlroy was in command of his game and victory No. 22 looked imminent. Reaching 13 under after a birdie on the par-3 11 on Friday, the Northern Irishman began to wither, carding a quadruple and a double bogey on his way in on his second round. He will continue this downward spiral over the weekend, but after four consecutive weeks of competition, fatigue inevitably sets in. The next time we see McIlroy will be at the JP McManus Pro-Am the week before the 150th Open Championship in St. Andrews. Grade: C+

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