2022 Travelers Championship Leaderboard, Grades: Xander Schauffele’s steady hand won his sixth PGA Tour

In the battle between best friends, Xander Schauffele defeated Patrick Cantley at the 2022 Travelers Championship. This entry marks the second victory of the year and the sixth in his career, marking the first event of “normal” success for Schauffele in almost five years.

Schaffel, who won his first PGA Tour at the 2017 Greenbury Classic, has added three limited field wins, a team-event title with Cantley and an Olympic gold medal last summer. However, none of these events had a cut or approximately 150 other competitors.

In the name of not being able to finalize the deal, Schaffel did it this week in Cromwell, Connecticut, because he successfully converted the 54-hole lead for the first time in his career. Most impressive from the start, the 28-year-old’s determination was finally rewarded in the form of his first personal PGA Tour title after the 2019 Champions League.

The 63-year-old kicked off his Travellers Championship with a boogie-free round of the Under-7s, opening a five-stroke difference over the weekend. As Scottie Scheffler’s Masters performance equaled 2022’s huge 36 – hole lead, Schauffele’s ship began to take in some water in the third round.

With Cantley closing a gap after Saturday’s action, it was plausible to believe that the 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year would thrive amid the pressure of the final round.

Nevertheless, he fell in 4 overs with his first 12 holes, and it was Schaffel who continued his level title. Despite the sketchy moments throughout the round – and the late departure from the lead in the round – Schaffel’s consistency shone through.

Unfortunately for Shaffle, determination in terms of trophies on the PGA Tour is often not rewarded. We hear players discuss spiking a few times a year in the hope that it will be enough to get a win or two. Sunday was one of the rare events when Shaffel’s immobile hand was more than just the constant movement and trembling of his nearest rival, Sahid Deekala.

Schauffele’s life may be the perfect link to this. He is always branded as a bride, never a bride, but this week, his determination will allow him to walk down the aisle and become the winning number on his PGA Tour resume. 6 was enough to add. Grade: A +

Here are the grades for the remaining leaderboard at the 2022 Travelers Championship

T2. Sahitya Deegala (-17): He jumped on the solo front after a bird on Bar-4 17. Having dropped some convertible bird opportunities and clubs, Deegala has secretly entered the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year conversation. With all the focus on Davis Riley and Cameron Young, Deegala is now actively fighting for victory on three separate occasions. If not for the bad results of the 72nd hole, he could be the winner of the PGA Tour. Eventually leading to a double bogey, he will try to set aside this heartache because the strong end of his newcomer campaign could include him in the Tour Championship. Important Implications. Quality: a

T13. Web Simpson (-10): After recovering from neck and shoulder injuries over the winter, Simpson is finally back on form. This marks his first Top-15 finish since the RSM Classic in November, and it could not have come at a better time. Within the first 125 places of the FedEx Cup starting the week, Simpson’s performance in Connecticut has the potential to finish him fast in his season. Grade: B +

T13. Patrick Cantley (-10): Mr. Consistency was only on Sunday because Cantley fought early and mostly in the finals. Karting with five bogeys, three birdies and an equivalent of his outer nine, the PGA Tour Player of the Year could not put himself at the turn as he saw his deficit grow to four for Schaffle. Adding to the indescribable mistakes one by one, Condley’s final round score eventually reached 6-over 76. Without a single win in 2022, Cantley’s season was almost missed, and the Travelers’ Championship added to that amount. He is expected to play in the Scottish Open in the week leading up to the Open Championship, where he got his best result in his debut in 2018. Quality: b

T19. Rory McIlroy (-9): At the start of the week with the 62-year-old 8, McIlroy was in complete control of his game and the winning number. 22 felt immediate. On Friday Bar-3 turned 13 after a bird on the 11th and started karting four times and double bogey coming home in the second round of Northern Ireland. Over the weekend he would continue this downward spiral, but four weeks after the match, fatigue felt inevitable. Next up is the week before the 150th Open Championship in St. Andrews with JP McMahon being pro-Amil McIlroy. Grade: C +

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