Travelers Championship – Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele emerged victorious in the US PGA Tour Travelers Championship as he edged Sahith Theegala. Schauffele won his sixth career US PGA. This was when he shot a 2-under-par 68 in the fourth round for a 19-under 261 total. In this Travelers Championship, his efforts were enough to beat Theegala at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Theegala closed with a double-bogey to finish tied for second with J.T. Poston on 263.
This marked the first time Schauffele converted a 54-hole PGA lead to a win. The victory by the world number 15 Schauffele was his first solo tour event win. This was since the 2019 Tournament of Champions. Michael Thorbjornsen finished fourth on 265 with his second-straight 66. Schauffele’s victory improves his chances of winning the British Open in St Andrews on July 14-17, as he has the capacity to open with a bang and finish with a flourish, golf oddsmakers say.
Matthew Wolff Transfers to LIV Golf
American parbuster Matthew Wolff is set to compete in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series to become the latest golfer to leave the US PGA Tour. Multiple media reports say that the 23-year-old will participate in the second event. This will take place on Thursday at the Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon. Wolff finished runnerup in the 2020 US Open and joint fourth in the 2020 PGA Championship. He joins the list of players placed on an indefinite suspension by the US PGA Tour. The list included six-time major winner Phil Mickelson and Masters champions Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson. The event in Oregon will also debut former major winners Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka. It will also include Patrick Reed as well as Mexican parbuster Abraham Ancer. There are also reports that world amateur number two Eugenio Chacarra of Spain will make his LIV debut at Pumpkin Ridge.
LIV Parbusters Out of Scottish Open, 2 Other Events
The European Tour has prohibited golfers who competed in the LIV Golf Series from three tournaments, including the Scottish Open. A fine of USD120,000 awaits them. The continental tour association will also ban LIV players from joining the Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship. The three events are co-sanctioned by the US PGA and European Tour and the US PGA Tour has an existing ban on LIV Golf players, forcing the European Tour to adopt the ruling as well. The European Tour announcement came at a time when some players signed to LIV were playing at the BMW International Open.
They include major winners Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer, according to US PGA Tour picks and parlays. The European Tour also warned the players of “further sanctions” if they continue to take part in the rebel golf series without authorization from the continental sanctioning body. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said that some of the players believe that those who chose to join LIV disrespected the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf. Pelley added that the actions are unfair to the majority of the members and undermine the Tour. The money from the fines will be used for charity and boost prize money.