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Spieth’s disappointing Sunday overshadowed by playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge

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Spieth’s disappointing Sunday overshadowed by playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge

The return to golf at Colonial Country Club was unusual, a little strange and a lot of fun.

There were big names in the mix, a tight leaderboard late Sunday and even a playoff!  For golf fans, this was the welcome back everyone had hoped for.

So, what happened?

Daniel Berger wins 3rd PGA Tour event.

In the quietest win in golf history, Daniel Berger secured his first win since 2017 by making a par on the first playoff hole.  Berger’s road back from a near career-ending wrist injury in 2018 makes this win at Colonial even sweeter.

His opponent, 23-year-old Colin Morikawa, was the victim of an insane lip out to save par – ultimately costing him the tournament.  For the third time in his career, Morikawa finished second at Colonial.  Golf is a cruel game.

On the other hand, Berger made a critical putt on 18 to send himself to a playoff where he would ultimately bring home the plaid jacket.  He was congratulated in front of members of the press and tournament officials – a sight we will surely be used to before the summer is over.

 

 

Bryson’s workout regiment proved effective.
Gains, gains, gains.  Bryson DeChambeau’s strategy to hit it farther than everyone this week worked – he finished T-3 and 14 under par.  This new strategy will surely cause more players to bulk up and chase distance if the results are consistent.  Expect more golfers to resemble outside linebackers in the future.

 

 

Spieth’s good week ends on a sour note
After three solid rounds of golf, Jordan Spieth shot 1-over par in a Sunday to forget.  Spieth’s inability to swing the club consistency ultimately derailed any chance at a Sunday charge.  He only hit 5 of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation.  Despite the rough finish, Spieth fans should be pleased with the week and see it as a positive step forward.   He should be right in the mix as we race through the summer.

No fans, no problem
While it was weird to see shots followed by silence rather than cheers and groans it didn’t totally infringe on the overall viewer experience.  A massive shout out is in order for the broadcast crew out there this week – they made the viewing experience as memorable as possible.

With the PGA of America expected to announce they will go without fans for the years first major in August, it’s safe to assume that the galleries will be nonexistent throughout the rest of the year.

What’s next?
This week the tour heads to Hilton Head, SC for the RBC Heritage.  The field is stacked yet again for what should be another weekend of great golf.

 

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