A stunning putt by Sam Burns from the edge of the green on the first playoff hole of the Colonial, the golf tournament officially known as the Charles Schwab Challenge, ruined world No.1 Scottie Scheffler‘s chances of victory.
This deprived him of what would have been the Texan’s fifth win in less than four months. That putt from about 13 metres, with the flag set, two hours after the end of the regular round and greeted with barely a raised hand, was the climax of the golfer from Louisiana’s comeback.
To get to that point, the two had travelled very different paths. Scheffler, in an unrecognisable performance for the world number one, finished Sunday without any birdies, with two bogeys (72 strokes) and three par-saving putts in the last four holes of three, two-and-a-half and two metres respectively.
Not since the 2016 US Open, when he was an amateur, had the last winner of the green jacket completed a round without a birdie.
Burns, on the other hand, world number nine after the win, had taken advantage of those doubts to mount his assault on the front nine, which he played in five under par with six birdies and a bogey.
Another one each on the second nine had seen him card a 65, which saw him play in the third playoff of his PGA Tour career.
It is Burns‘ fourth victory in 13 months, probably the player with the lowest profile of all those in the world top 10.
Even in the majors his role has been a minor one, as he has not gone higher than 20th place in any of the majors he has played.
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