PGA Tour Returns At Charles Schwab Challenge
The return of professional golf nearly a month ago since the covid-19 pandemic featured Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson defeating Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, which raised money to the cause. Similarly, the match between Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning and Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady raised huge money.
While those charity matches were a start, the official resumption of the PGA season took place this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Ft. Worth, Texas. There were no spectators, most commentators reporting from The Golf Channel studio in Florida, but the golf was a site for sore eyes. Despite the lack of crowd motivation and the three-month layoff, players did surprisingly well,fake rolex posting low scores throughout the weekend.
In the first round of the $7.5 million purse on 7209-yard, par 70 course, Harold Varner III and Justin Rose took the early lead, firing rounds of 63. Just a shot back was Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Abraham Ancer, and Jhonattan Vegas. The tremendous scoring continued with nine players at five-under, including 61-year old Tom Lehman, Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, and Xander Schauffele.. Defending champion Kevin Na was nine shots back after a two-over 72.
Number one player in the world Rory McIlroy posted the round of the day on Friday, posting a 63 with an eagle and six birdies. Seven other players shot a 65, while eight more posted a 66. The scoring was so good that Kevin Na missed the cut despite a 67 for the day and minus-one for the first two round. Notables that missed the cut include Lehman (74, round two), Bernhard Langer, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, John Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Sergio Garcia.
On Saturday’s moving day, Patrick Reed tied McIlroy, Varner and Rose for low round of the week at 63. Chesson Hadley was an impressive six-under, while leader Xander Schauffele posted a 66 for a 13-under par total. He sat a shot in front of Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas, Brandon Grace and Collin Morikawa.
Jason Kokrak set the pace on Sunday with a round of 64, vaulting him from 16th to third, finishing -14, tied with DeChambeau, Rose, and Schauffele. Bubba Watson made a charge with a five-under par round, putting him in a tie for 7th at -13. McIlroy put himself out of contention after early blunders and finished with a 74. Quietly putting himself into position with rounds of 65, 67 and 67 was Daniel Berger. His final round of 66 was good enough to put him into a playoff with Morikawa, who posted a 67.
In the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, Berger recorded a par at the par 4 17th. Seemingly a nearly automatic three- footer to extend the playoff, Morikawa lipped out his putt and the title went to Berger. An emotional Berger won for the third time in his PGA Tour career, last winning at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2017.replica breitling
The PGA Tour heads to the RBC Heritage next week, which was originally scheduled for April 13-19.