Burns Comes Out of the Clubhouse, Wins the Charles Schwab Challenge on Outrageous Putt

For the second straight Sunday, we were treated to more than 72 holes of golf. Things played out eerily similar as they did last week in Tulas as well – high winds, a war of attrition at the top, and a golfer coming out of the clubhouse after his round had finished becoming a very highly unlikely winner. 

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Last week, Justin Thomas came back from a 7-strokes down on Sunday to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy, and this week, Burns faced that same deficit before going into the clubhouse at -9 and presuming his day was over. Luckily he stuck around. 

 

Elements Affected Sunday’s Play 

 

Burns started Sunday in 17th place, which ended up being his best asset. Burns’ 12:50 PM ET tee time was almost an hour-and-a-half earlier than the final group of Scottie Scheffler and Brendon Todd, so Burns was able to get his round in before the late afternoon wind really picked up and made the greens especially fast. 

 

The wind playing hell on the final two hours of the tournament is not just hyperbole either – ask Harold Varner III, who played holes 12-19 at +10, going from a joint lead for first to finishing 27th. Five different players had a score better than the winning -9 when heading to the 12th tee box, and only Scheffler got to the end without dropping holes. 

 

Big Weekend for Burns 

 

Burns had a two-hour break from finishing up on the 18th to the playoff round, but he showed no signs of rust while making a 38-foot-birdie putt on the 18th in the first extra hole that Scheffler had no way of matching. Burns collected $1.5 million and a 1979 Schwab Firebird for his winning weekend, but bettors who backed him had a profitable Sunday as well. 

 

Burns was 28:1 entering the weekend after finishing 20th at the PGA Championship and missing the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic in his previous two tournaments. Looking back (as it’s so easy to do), Burns still had some value considering he won the Valspar Classic and finished 2nd at the Zurich Classic over the past six tournaments. 

 

Moving on for Scheffler and Others 

 

Scheffler (10:1), Thomas (12-1), and Jordan Spieth (12-1) were the three favorites heading into the weekend at Ft. Worth. Prior to Sunday’s round, Scheffler was up to a -145 favorite looking for his 5th win in 10 starts and playing very close to his home in Dallas. The wind changed everything in the final round, but Scheffler still took home $915,000, and on the bright side, getting eliminated in the first playoff hole allowed him to make his sister-in-law’s wedding sooner

 

Thomas missed the cut this weekend, likely worn out from the PGA Championship victory circuit, and Spieth finished tied for 7th, unable to make a significant weekend run even playing in his native Texas. 

 

2020 Charles Schwab Champion Daniel Berger (35-1) and 2021 winner Jason Kokrak (40-1) finished 23rd and 67th, respectively, placing that Burns hopes to do better than when he defends his crown in 2023. 

Now it’s on to The Memorial Tournament in Muirfield, Ohio, with the U.S. Open looming on the horizon

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