After a playoff hole against Collin Morikawa on the prestigious Texan course of the Colonial Country Club of Fort Worth, it was finally the American Daniel Berger who pocketed the Charles Schwab Challenge, the PGA Tour recovery tournament after the forced break due to the Covid-19. French number one Victor Perez had not passed the cut on Friday, despite an encouraging start to the tournament.
There are gestures of courtesy that we would happily do without! At 23, Collin Morikawa learned it the hard way on the green of hole 17 of the Colonial Country Club, where the first (and last) playoff hole was played. While he had just managed a nice chip to get “given”, Daniel Berger obtained from the referee the right to hit his 30cm putt in stride, for an easy par. Morikawa’s putt of one meter, to stay in the playoff of the Charles Schwab Challenge, suddenly seemed to measure three times! And the Californian saw his ball make a cruel decimal point to offer his compatriot of 27 years the third victory of his career. There was no malice on the part of Berger, but the pressure had clearly changed sides to his advantage. The Floridian did not steal his coronation with four days under the 68 (the only one with Morikawa). He is especially the only man in the top 6 not to have conceded the slightest bogey on his return journey on Sunday. Of “return”, it is also particularly question with the former member of the world top 20 out of the top 100 for a year, handicapped by a persistent injury to the finger since June 2018, and who had signed only one only top 10 between June 2018 and February 2020. The emotion was proportional to the frustration of recent months. “It’s a lot of emotion,” he admitted. I worked a lot this year to relive this kind of moments. it’s the best feeling in the world, ”he concluded with tears in his eyes. The outpourings of joy with his caddey were contained to respect social distancing. No shouting in the audience either because of the camera. But a victory is always beautiful, especially when it scores the return of a talented player … and the PGA Tour season!
Brawl in a fight
Leader after 54 holes, Xander Schauffele let slip the victory with a ball in the water at 15 and a three-putts at 17, while he was brilliant all week putter in hand. Two unacceptable bogeys which nevertheless allow him to finish on the podium. “I did a lot of three-meter putts to save pars or get birdies today. It was a real fight all day. This comma at 17 is heartbreaking, but I am happy with my putting this week, “he said. A last step of the podium particularly welcoming since the massive Bryson DeChambeau (he gained ten kilos during confinement, half of which was muscle) or the Englishman Justin Rose (who decided to help the European women’s circuit at the start of the week ) also finish third. Leader of the FedEx Cup with his victory in the Honda Classic and his four podiums since the start of the season, the South Korean Sungjae Im keeps first place with this new top 10 alongside Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas (-11). In the lead during the first two rounds, Harold Varner III cracked the weekend, perhaps overwhelmed by the weight of representing the entire African-American community, particularly rowdy at the moment. “I have received a lot of messages of support and encouragement in recent days,” he admitted. World number one Rory McIlroy was never on the pace Sunday with a bogey to start … and a catastrophic start in 41 (+6). With his 74 card, he finished 32nd alongside Brooks Koepka in particular (-6).
Victor Perez far from the cut despite a good start to the tournament
After an encouraging first round (71), the Tarbais was quickly returned to under par with three birdies on its first four holes on Friday. But his terrible triple-bogey on par 4 of hole number 5 (while he was in two in the green bunker!) Blocked his path to cut, just like a double-bogey on par 5 of 11. The first twenty-two holes were very solid and the number three tricolor can continue its progression across the Atlantic maintaining this level of play.