Xander Schauffele won the 2022 Travelers Championship on Sunday in dramatic fashion, overcoming a late deficit and finishing with a tap-in birdie.
Schauffele shot a 2-under par 68 in his closing round at TPC River Highlands, winning the tournament over J.T. Poston and Sahith Theegala. It marks Schauffele’s sixth career victory on the PGA TOUR, and second of the season.
Schauffele, the 54-hole leader, led for most of the day but lost his advantage late in the round. He was able to regain it on the final hole. In the final pairing with Patrick Cantlay, Schauffele was able to hold off the 2021 FedEx Cup winner and reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, as well as all other challengers for the victory.
Trailing Theegala by one stroke with one hole to play, Schauffele watched as the leader needed two shots to get out of a fairway bunker, then hit his fourth shot on the green. Schauffele split the fairway with his drive, while up ahead on the green, Theegala lipped out his putt for bogey. Suddenly needing just a par to secure the victory, Schauffele landed his approach shot 3 feet from the hole, then rolled in the short birdie putt to finish at 19-under and win by two.
Another impressive performance came from Michael Thorbjornsen, the talented 20-year-old amateur. Playing as a sponsor’s exemption, he was able to finish in fourth place after back-to-back, 4-under par 66’s over the weekend. The Wellesley, Massachusetts resident just finished his sophomore year at Stanford University.
The 2022 Travelers Championship generated more than $2.5 million for more than 130 charities this year, with 100% of tournament net proceeds being distributed to worthy causes.
The 2023 Travelers Championship will be held from June 19- 25.
Xander Schauffele 63-63-67-68—261 (-19)
J.T. Poston 62-70-67-64—263 (-17)
Sahith Theegala 67-65-64-67—263 (-17)
Michael Thorbjornsen (a) 68-65-66-66—265 (-15)
Chesson Hadley 68-67-67-64—266 (-14)
Things to Know
- Xander Schauffele claims sixth career PGA TOUR title, second of the season and first individual stroke-play title since the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions
- Schauffele improves to 1-for-5 when attempting to convert a 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR
- After making his professional debut at the 2020 Travelers Championship (MC), Sahith Theegala succumbs to a double bogey on the 72nd hole to finish T2 by two strokes to Xander Schauffele in his 38th start
- Patrick Cantlay makes nine bogeys, a double bogey, five birdies and just three pars in the final round to shoot 6-over 76
- In his third PGA TOUR start, 20-year-old amateur Michael Thorbjornsen finishes solo-fourth in bid to become the first amateur to win on TOUR since Phil Mickelson at 1991 Northern Telecom Open