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Grades for The Charles Schwab Challenge in 2022: Sam Burns Astonishes. Scottie Scheffler Comes out On Top!

Another seven-stroke deficit was eliminated this week, as Sam Burns came out of nowhere to win the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge. The Louisiana native propelled himself up the leaderboard and into a playoff with his close buddy, Scottie Scheffler, after firing a final round of 5-under 65 on a day when the scoring average at Colonial was almost 3 over.

Burns not only won a tartan jacket and a bespoke ’79 Firebird but also his third win of the season, thanks to a spectacular birdie on the opening playoff hole. It was nearly expected for most of the day – indeed, for much of the tournament – that Scheffler would win for the sixth time in the previous four months.

The Desire to Give Up.

The Texan, on the other hand, was unable to get any traction and eventually signed for a 2-over 72.

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Scheffler was sloppy at times, missing fairways, misjudging the wind, and overall seeming uneasy on the greens, but he resisted the temptation to quit up. Burns pulled the rug out from under him after his bad performance paired with the challenging circumstances proved to be too much.

Burns’ victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge is his fourth in his last 28 appearances, and it’s past time we stopped thinking of him as a rising star and started thinking of him as a star who is here to stay.

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Scheffler Has Been Compared to Jordan Spieth.

Comparisons are difficult, but as sports fans, journalists, and others, we are primed to make them. Jordan Spieth and Scheffler have been compared ad nauseam, but it’s Spieth’s closest buddy on Tour, Justin Thomas, who strikes me as the most comparable to Burns.

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This isn’t a case of recency bias or an easy exit after Thomas overcame a seven-stroke deficit at the PGA Championship last Sunday. But consider this: are there two players on Tour that are hotter when they’re on?

You could throw Cameron Smith into the mix, but Burns, like Thomas, has the potential to birdie every hole when he’s firing on all cylinders. Burns, like Thomas, was a highly regarded college player from the Southeastern Conference. Burns took a backseat to his close friend’s ascension to world No. 1, with everyone hailing him as the next great… Thomas included.

In the Past 23 Years, the Pga Tour.

Thomas had won four times on the PGA Tour in the previous 23 months before he arrived at the 2017 PGA Championship. Burns will (presumably) enter the US Open having won four times in the previous 13 months.

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The 25-year-old is a true stud, consistently ranking in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings, and it’s only a matter of time until he captures his first major victory. A+ (excellent) .The remainder of our grades for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge are listed below.

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Champions of The Charles Schwab Challenge.

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 Scottie Scheffler (-9):

Hands up, I had Scheffler down as your Charles Schwab Challenge champion in part. Despite his awful performance, it seemed as though he’d figure something out, as all the great ones tend to do.

It isn’t the playoff defeat that will keep him up at night, but his round of 2-over 72, which would have won him the championship if he had just one more stroke.

He’s still the top player on the planet, which is why he was expected to win after taking a share of the first-round lead. Maybe this is simply the golf gods’ way of sharing the love since he’s been getting breaks for the last four months. A- (excellent).

T4. Davis Riley (-7):

If the Valspar Championship playoff defeat was a bee sting, this one must have been a hornet’s nest. Riley had a one-shot lead after three birdies at the turn on the back nine, but a short par miss on the par-3 13th was the start of the end.

Soon after, he made a double-bogey six, and his prospects of winning his first PGA Tour event disappeared. T4-T13-T9-5-T4 was his last five starts. Over the next three months, he’ll compete with Cameron Young for Rookie of the Year. A+ grade

T4 (-7) Tony Finau:

That may have been the quietest backdoor top-five finish of the year, but it’s a solid performance for Finau, who has struggled to get top-five finishes in recent years. With the exception of his runner-up finish at the Mexico Open, the 32-year-old has yet to finish in the top 20 in a full-field tournament.

Still, his ball-striking seemed to be on point, and his short game is beginning to come through for him on a regular basis. It couldn’t have come at a better moment, with the Memorial Tournament coming up next week, as the summer calendar begins to heat up. Finau has four top-15 results in his last seven visits, so expect him to keep it up in Ohio. A- (excellent)

Jordan Spieth (-5):

is in seventh place. When it comes to Spieth these days, nothing should surprise you, but his final round may have been a perfect summation of his current condition of play: six bogeys, six pars, and six birdies. The Texan was in the top five in both tee-to-green and green-to-green strokes gained, but he struggled with his approach play and, as is normal, his putter.

Spieth will not be happy with a top-10 result at Colonial, and he will undoubtedly devote effort to improving his flat stick before next week’s tournament. The good news is that he has previously performed well at Muirfield Village, gaining strokes on the greens in eight of ten appearances. B+ grade

Marissa Figgs
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