2022 Charles Schwab Challenge leaderboard, numbers: Burns trumps Scheffler in playoff for fourth Tour win

Another week, another seven-stroke deficit cleared, when Sam Burns came out of nowhere to take the trophy at the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge. With a final round of 5-under 65 on a day when Colonial’s scoring average was close to 3, The Louisiana native catapulted himself up the standings and into a playoff with his good friend, Scottie Scheffler.

Interrupted by a dramatic birdie on the first playoff hole, Burns captured not only a tartan jacket and a custom ’79 Firebird, but his third win of the season. For much of the day – well, much of the tournament – it was almost assumed that Scheffler would take his fifth win in the past four months.

However, the Texan was unable to gain momentum and eventually signed for a 2-over 72. Scheffler was lax at times – he missed fairways, misjudged the wind and generally looked awkward on the greens – but he resisted the urge to In the end, his poor play combined with the difficult conditions proved too much, as Burns pulled the carpet right out from under him.

Burns’ triumph at the Charles Schwab Challenge marks his fourth in his last 28 starts, and it’s time we stopped treating him as an up and coming talent, but rather as a star here to stay.

Equations are difficult, but as sports fans, writers, etc., we are determined to make them. Parallels between Jordan Spieth and Scheffler have been made ad nauseam, but oddly enough, it’s Spieth’s best friend on Tour, Justin Thomas, who I think most resembles Burns.

This is not a bias of recency or an easy way out after Thomas recovered from a seven-stroke deficit last Sunday at the PGA Championship. But ask yourself: are there two players on Tour who, when it’s their turn, are? hotter

You could throw Cameron Smith into the mix, but Burns has the ability to birdies every hole when firing on all cylinders…just like Thomas. Burns was a touted Southeastern Conference collegiate player…just like Thomas. Burns took the back seat on his good friend’s rise to world No. 1 with everyone anointing him the next big one…just like Thomas.

Thomas arrived at the 2017 PGA Championship with his four wins on the PGA Tour over the course of 23 months. Burns will (probably) arrive at the US Open with four wins in 13 months. The 25-year-old is a certified stallion, a mainstay in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, and it’s only a matter of time before he claims the title of great champion for himself. Quality: A+

Here are the rest of our numbers for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge

2. Scottie Scheffler (-9): Hands up, I had Scheffler partially written down as your Charles Schwab Challenge winner. Despite his bad game, it felt like he would find a way to get this thing out, like all the greats seem to do. It’s not the loss in the playoffs that keeps him up at night, but rather his 2-over 72 round, as he would have won the trophy by one stroke. He is still the best player in the world, which is exactly why he was believed to win after taking some of the lead in the first round. He’s been taking breaks for the past four months, so maybe this is just the way the golf gods spread the love. Class A-

T4. Davis Riley (-7): If losing the playoffs at the Valspar Championship felt like a bee sting, it must have felt like a wasp sting. Riley took the solo lead over the back nine after three birdies around the corner, but a short par miss on the par-3 13th was the beginning of the end. A double-bogey six soon followed, and with it his chances for his first PGA Tour title were gone. His last five starts are T4-T13-T9-5-T4. The next three months will see a battle with Cameron Young for Rookie of the Year. Class A

T4. Tony Finau (-7): That may have been the quietest backdoor top five of the year, but it marks a quality result for Finau, which has been hard to come by. The 32-year-old was without a top 20 in a full-field event outside of being runner-up at the Mexico Open. Still, hitting the ball seemed sharp and now his short game is starting to help him consistently. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as the summer schedule starts to heat up with the Memorial Tournament next week. In seven previous appearances, Finau has finished in the top-15 four times, so expect his good game to continue in Ohio. Class A-

T7. Jordan Spieth (-5): Nothing should surprise you when it comes to Spieth these days, but his last round may have been a perfect encapsulation of the state of his game; he carded six bogeys, six pars and six birdies. The Texan finished in the top five with both shots off the tee and shots around the green, but was left behind on his approach play and, as is typical, his putter. Spieth won’t be happy with another top-10 finish in Colonial and will definitely take the time to work on the flat stick for next week. The good news is that he has done well at Muirfield Village in the past, hitting the greens in eight out of ten games. Rank: B+

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