Cromwell, Connecticut — Xander Schöffele won Sunday’s Travelers Championship with a three-shot swing on the last hole, hitting 3 feet for the birdie when rookie Sahit Thegla made two shots to get out of the bunker and a double bogey group scored in the hole. ahead.
Before the day started, Schöffel finished with a 2-under-68 at TPC River Highlands to beat Thegala and JT Poston by two shots. The Olympic champion’s total was 19-under 261.
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“My brain was telling me to hit a good drive and then put your sand wedge or lob wedge there and make a birdie,” Schöffel said. “Obviously it was a bit shocking to sit there and watch what happened. I really had to try to focus on the task at hand. ,
Thegla scored 67 and Poston 64.
Together with Patrick Cantley, Schauffele won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April, winning for the sixth time on the PGA Tour and for the second time this season.
Thegla lurked near the top of the leaderboard all day and grabbed part of the lead at 15, propelling Hare to the par 4 hole and making a 4-foot birdie putt. He passed Schoffel with an 11-foot score for the birdie on 17 and pumped his fist.
But the former Pepperdine star hit his 18 shot to the left and into the front lip of a fairway bunker. It took him two tries to get out of the bunker.
“Somehow my body is just straight, I just honed it,” he said. “I had space there. I don’t know what it looked like, but I had space there. I just didn’t think I would bleed it. But I think that was the moment – and then from there.” I have to try to make 5 now.
His 12-foot bogie putt came out and he fell to his knees in pain.
“I did whatever I thought I had to do and it turned out to be something bad that ended in a hole,” he said. “I did very well.”
Thegala was trying to be just the second rookie to win this season alongside Chad Rummy, who won in the Dominican Republic. The Travelers 2020 was his first professional debut, but he missed the cut.
Schöffel, meanwhile, was consistent with two birdies and a bogey up front before pondering that result at the back.
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He had a chance to tie Thigala on the 17th but missed a 27-foot run.
Amateur Michael Thorbjrnsen, from nearby Wellesley, Massachusetts, finished fourth at 15 under after 66.
The Stanford star wanted to become the first amateur to win on the Tour since Phil Mickelson in 1991. He scored 31 on a forward nine, including an Eagle at number 6 after taking a 261-yard approach a foot from the hole. He graduated at 66.
“I felt really good and comfortable there, then I ended up having the hiccups, which happens sometimes,” Thorbjrnsson said, adding that he plans to go back to college in the fall. “I don’t think I was too nervous, just a couple of Miss Executives.”
The best performance yet by an amateur at a Connecticut tournament came in 1966 when Tim Grant finished sixth at the nearby Weathersfield Country Club, then known as the Insurance City Open.
Poston, who was a co-leader after a 62 shot in the first round, started the day nine strokes down in seventh place. He posted 64 runs without a bogey and completed his sixth birdie of the day.
“I threw well, drove well, hit my iron well,” he said.
Patrick Kentley started the day with just a tug to his good friend Schauffele. But last year’s FedEx Cup winner, who had a total of four bogeys in the first three rounds, had five of them in the first nine on Sunday.
He finished with 76 and placed 13th out of 10.
Luke List, who finished 9-under on 65 on Sunday, made the shot of the day and started his round in 1st place with a 119-yard approach that required a short jump in the hole for an eagle.
Rory McIlroy, who scored 62 points in the opening round, ended Sunday with 67 points at 9-under. It was his fourth consecutive tournament for the world number two, who said he would not play before next month’s British Open at St Andrews.
Morgan Hoffman, who suffers from facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, finished his third and final tournament of the year with over 2 points after going through three events in medical remission. The 32-year-old, who took several years off the Tour to focus on his health, shot 71 on Sunday and ended his morning with a birdie after hitting his approach at 18 less than 2 feet from the pin.
Hoffman, a native of New Jersey who lives in Costa Rica, said he’s looking forward to some sponsorship discounts this summer and is promoting golf while trying to inspire others by staying healthy.
“I just keep doing what I do, do a monthly cleanse, eat nutritious meals and train hard and build muscle, and in the meantime I go to a wellness center (Costa Rica) to help other people. I do it. The same,” he said.