PGA Championship: Four Takeaways

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Xander Schauffele poses after winning the 106th PGA Championship

Schauffele goes wire-to-wire to win his first major

The ever smiling and popular 30-year-old Xander Schauffele finally won a major with solid rounds of 62-68-68-65 and the lowest four day total score in major championship history ( 21-under par) to win the US$ 18.5mn PGA Championship. 

Schauffele’s history of near-misses in majors—finishing tied for second at The Masters in 2019, The Open in 2018, and tied for third at the U.S. Open in 2018—loomed over him. However, he maintained his composure even as Bryson DeChambeau surged with a final-round 64 to set the clubhouse lead at 20-under par. Schauffele needed a birdie on the final hole to secure the win. Under immense pressure, he sank a 6 foot birdie putt to claim his first of what many expect to be multiple major titles. 

DeChambeau continues to impress in majors

DeChambeau shot 68-65-67-64 to register a runner-up finish, following a tied-4th last year at the PGA Championship and 6th at the 2024 Masters. DeChambeau joined LIV right after  the 2022 US Open and since then he has registered four top-10 finishes in 8 majors so far.

Major                                                 Finish

The Open 2022                                  T-8

The Masters 2023                            MC

PGA Championship 2023                T-4

U.S. Open 2023                                 T-20

The Open 2023                                  T-60

The Masters 2024                               T-6

PGA Championship                             2

Scheffler’s weird week

World No.1 and a two-time Masters Champion, entered the PGA as  favourite and after an opening 67, made more believers. 

However, his second day arrest for an alleged traffic violation just created a bizarre situation from which he bounced back with an incredible 66 later that day. 

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Scheffler however showed the effects of that crazy situation with 73 in Rd 3, his first over par score since August 2023 and despite a fine final 65 had to settle for 8th place which would be great for most players but given Scheffler’s dominating 5 wins in his previous 6 starts was slightly disappointing.  

As of now, Scheffler’s arraignment is scheduled for June 3, when he is expected to make an appearance at the court. 

LIV Golfers assert their presence 

11 of the 16 invited LIV players made the cut with Bryson DeChambeau leading in 2nd place again underlining the fact that the public needs to see them compete with PGA Tour players more often than just the four majors currently.

 

LIV Golfers and their finishes – 

Bryson DeChambeau – 2 (-20) 

Dean Burmester – T-12 (-12)

Brooks Koepka – T-26 (-9)

Joaquin Neirmann – T-39 (-7)

Lucas Herbert – T-43 (-6)

Dustin Johnson –  T-43 (-6)

Patrick Reed – T-53 (-5)

Talor Gooch – T-60 (-4)

Tyrrell Hatton – T-63 (-3)

Cameron Smith – T-63 (-3)

Martin Kaymer – T-73 (E)

Missed Cut – 

Phil Mickelson

Jon Rahm

Adrian Meronk

David Puig

Andy Ogletree

 


Photo – Japan Times


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