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Travelers Championship 2022: Xander Schauffele Holds Off J.T. Poston to Earn Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 26, 2022

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Xander Schauffele didn't save his best golf for last, but he did just enough Sunday to secure a victory at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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A fight to the finish 🏆 <a href="https://twitter.com/XSchauffele?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@XSchauffele</a> claims win No. 6 <a href="https://twitter.com/TravelersChamp?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TravelersChamp</a>! <a href="https://t.co/qeekVXBdUO">pic.twitter.com/qeekVXBdUO</a>

He held off a surging J.T. Poston in the final round, shooting a two-under 68 to finish 19 under for the tournament, two strokes clear of Poston and Sahith Theegala.

Poston shot a blistering 64 in his attempt to mount a comeback, while Theegala shot a 67. Neither was able to quite catch Schauffele.

Schauffele trailed Poston and Rory McIlroy by a stroke after the opening round but pulled to the top of the leaderboard with his second straight 63 on Friday.

He went into the weekend with a comfortable five-stroke margin, though a 67 on Saturday and Sunday's 68 opened the door for his competition.

Birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 11 and most importantly 18 helped him secure the victory.

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/XSchauffele?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@XSchauffele</a> delivers with the wedge on 18. <a href="https://t.co/gmeqQyAGof">pic.twitter.com/gmeqQyAGof</a>

While Schauffele came up big on the final hole, Theegala's double bogey on the 18th cost him the lead:

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The leader is in trouble on 18. <a href="https://t.co/UsJ7VpYSPY">pic.twitter.com/UsJ7VpYSPY</a>

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The cruelest of cruel.<br><br>A double bogey on 18 for <a href="https://twitter.com/SRTheegala?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SRTheegala</a> drops him out of the lead. <a href="https://t.co/7ZoAG8NK9m">pic.twitter.com/7ZoAG8NK9m</a>

Theegala and Poston weren't the only players who gave Schauffele a run for his money. Patrick Cantlay also tied him on No. 2, only to promptly shoot six over the rest of the way and put in a brutal 76.

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"He needed a win like this. This was a big time win."<a href="https://twitter.com/KylePorterCBS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KylePorterCBS</a> reacts to Xander Schauffele winning the Travelers Championship. <a href="https://t.co/aF4KyNUV8b">pic.twitter.com/aF4KyNUV8b</a>

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Three and a half years in between official individual victories is amazing for a guy of Xander Schauffele’s talent. Olympic gold, low score at Tour Championship and a Zurich team win in the meantime, but he’s finally back in the winner’s circle at the Travelers Championship.

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Different weekend scores, but similar victories for In Gee Chun and Xander Schauffele this week. Race out to a big lead, then hang on for dear life while other players screw it up.

It was Schauffele's second victory this season after the Zurich Classic and his sixth win on the PGA Tour.

The other major story Sunday was the play of amateur Michael Thorbjornsen, who shot his second straight 66 and finished fourth (-15).

"I was saying earlier how Collin [Morikawa], I played a practice round with him," the 20-year-old told reporters Saturday. "I was trying to pick his brain a little bit on like how to be so good and he said to really try and do whatever it takes to be comfortable out there and understand that it's just another round of golf—that everyone's human, basically. Those guys are just really good. Try and forget about that and just play your game."

Thorbjornsen did just that, impressing just a week after missing the cut at the U.S. Open. His was an excellent story Sunday, but the day ultimately belonged to Schauffele.

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