Schauffele beats Travelers after Theegala double bogey

CROMWELL, Conn. – Xander Schauffele won the Travelers Championship with a three-shot swing on the final hole on Sunday, striking 3 feet for a birdie after rookie Sahith Theegala took two shots out of a bunker and made a double bogey in the forward group.

A shot ahead at the start of the day, Schauffele finished with a 2 under 68 at TPC River Highlands to beat Theegala and JT Poston by two shots. The Olympic champion had a total of 19 under 261.

“My mind was telling me to get a good drive and then use your sand wedge or lob wedge in there and birdie,” Schauffele said. “To sit there and watch what happened was a bit of a shock, obviously. I really had to try to concentrate on the task at hand.

Theegala shot a 67 and Poston a 64.

Schauffele won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour and the second this season after teaming with Patrick Cantlay to win the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April.

Theegala lurked near the top of the leaderboard all day and took a share of the lead on the 15th, driving the green on the par-4 hole and making a 4-foot birdie putt. He passed Schauffele with an 11-footer for a birdie on 17, pumping his fist.

But the former Pepperdine star hit his tee shot 18 left and into the front lip of a fairway bunker. It took him two tries to get out of the bunker.

“Somehow my body just, I just cut it straight,” he said. “I had room there. I don’t know what it looked like, but I had room there. I didn’t think I would let myself go. But I guess the timing was – and from there, try to do 5 now.

His 12-foot bogey putt crumbled and he fell to his knees in agony.

“I did everything I thought I had to do and it turned out that everything bad culminated on one hole,” he said. “I’ve done so much good.”

Theegala was trying to become the second rookie to win this season, joining Chad Ramey, who won in the Dominican Republic. The 2020 Travelers was his first professional start, but he missed the cut.

Schauffele, meanwhile, was consistent, birding twice and a bogey up front before mirroring that score at the back.

He had a chance to equalize Theegala on the 17th, but missed a 27-footer.

Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen, of Wellesley, Mass., was fourth at 15 under after a 66.

The Stanford star was looking to become the first amateur to win on the tour since Phil Mickelson in 1991. He shot a 31 on the front nine, including an eagle on the No. 6 after setting a one-footed 261-yard approach the hole. . He finishes with a 66.

“I felt really good and comfortable there, and then towards the end I had a few hiccups, which happens sometimes,” said Thorbjornsen, who added that he plans to go back to college. in autumn. “I don’t think I was too nervous, just a few missed runs.”

The previous best finish by an amateur at the Connecticut tournament came in 1966, when Tim Grant finished in a tie for sixth place at nearby Wethersfield Country Club in what was then known as the Insurance City Open.

Poston, who was the co-leader after shooting a 62 in the first round, started the day tied for seventh, nine shots back. He scored a bogey-free 64, finishing with his sixth birdie of the day.

“I rolled well, I rolled well, I hit my irons well,” he said.

Patrick Cantlay started the day just one stroke behind his good friend Schauffele. But last year’s FedEx Cup champion, who combined four bogeys in the first three rounds, fired five of the first nine on Sunday.

He finished with a 76 and tied for 13th at 10 under.

Luke List, who shot a 65 on Sunday to finish at 9 under, had the hit of the day, opening his inning with a 119-yard approach on the No. 1 who took a short rebound in the holeshot for an eagle.

Rory McIlroy, who shot a 62 in the first round, also finished 9 under with a 67 on Sunday. It was his fourth tournament in a row for the world’s No. 2-ranked player, who has said he will not play again until The Open Championship at St. Andrews next month.

Morgan Hoffmann, who battles facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, finished 2 points in his third and final tournament of the year on a three-event medical bye. The 32-year-old, who has taken several years off from the Tour to focus on his health, shot a 71 on Sunday, ending his morning with a birdie after hitting his approach at 18 within 2 feet of the pin.

Hoffman, a New Jersey native now living in Costa Rica, said he hopes to get a few sponsor waivers this summer and cherishes golf while trying to inspire others by staying healthy.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, cleaning up every month, eating nourishing food and working hard and continuing to gain muscle and in the meantime I’m building a wellness center (in Costa Rica) to help the others to do the same,” he said.