2022 Travelers Championship leaderboard, ratings: Xander Schauffele’s steady hand gives him sixth PGA Tour victory

In a battle between best friends, it was Xander Schauffele who won over a fading Patrick Cantlay in the 2022 Travelers Championship. This entry into the winning circle marks his second triumph of the year and sixth of his career, marking the first case of a “normal” victory in almost five years for Schauffele.

Schauffele first won the PGA Tour at the 2017 Greenbrier Classic, and has since added three limited field victories, a team event title with Cantlay, and of course an Olympic gold medal last summer. However, none of these events have shown an average or a field of about 150 other competitors.

Schauffele got the name that he was unable to end the deal, and did just that this week in Cromwell, Connecticut, when he converted a 54-hole lead for the first time in his career. Simply fantastic from the start, the 28-year-old’s stability was finally rewarded in the form of his first individual PGA Tour title since the 2019 Tournament of Champions.

After starting his Travelers Championship with back-to-back bogey-free rounds of 7-under 63, Schauffele opened for a five-stroke margin heading into the weekend. By tying Scottie Scheffler’s Masters performance to the biggest 36-hole lead in 2022, Schauffele’s ships began to take some water during the third round.

When Cantlay closed the gap to one after Saturday’s action, it was reasonable to believe that it would be this year’s PGA Tour player in 2021 who would thrive in the midst of pressure in the final round.

Yet when he fell to 4 over through his first 12 holes, it was Schauffele who continued to assert his level of headedness. While there were sketchy moments throughout the round – and even fell out of the lead late in the round – it was Schauffele’s stability that shone through.

Unfortunately for Schauffele, stability is not often rewarded in the form of trophies on the PGA Tour. We hear players discuss spiking a few times a year in the hope that it’s enough to take a win or two. Sunday was one of the rare cases where Schauffele’s immobile hand offset the constant movement and nervousness of his closest competitor, Sahith Theegala.

Schauffele’s career can be the perfect encapsulation of this. He has always been branded as the bridesmaid, never the bride, but just this week his stability was enough to let him go down the aisle and add victory No. 6 to the PGA Tour resume. Grade: A +

Here are the grades for the rest of the leaderboard at the 2022 Travelers Championship

T2. Sahith Theegala (-17): He jumped into the solo lead after a birdie on par-4 17. despite, and seemed poor for most of the last round. Theegala has missed a few convertible birdie opportunities and dropped clubs. With all the attention on Davis Riley and Cameron Young, Theegala has now seriously fought for a victory on three separate occasions. If not for a bad decision on the 72nd hole, he’s likely to be a PGA Tour winner. Eventually leading to a double bogey, he will try to put this heartache aside, as a strong end to his rookie campaign could throw him into the Tour Championship that holds major implications. Grade: A

T13. Webb Simpson (-10): After coping with neck and shoulder injuries during the winter, Simpson finally falls back into shape. This marks his first top-15 finish since the RSM Classic in November, and it could not have come at a better time. Averaging within the top 125 of the FedEx Cup table to begin the week, Simpson’s performance in Connecticut has the potential to propel him to a quick end to the season. Grade: B +

T13. Patrick Cantlay (-10): Mr. Consistency was anything but that on Sunday, when Cantlay struggled early and often in the final round. After carding five bogeys, three birdies and a pair on his nine yards, the reigning PGA Tour player failed to gather on the turn when he saw Schauffele’s deficit grow to four. By adding one unexplained mistake after another, Cantlay’s score in the final round eventually went 6-over 76. Still without a solo win in 2022, Cantlay’s season has been full of near misses, and this Travelers Championship has added to the total . He is expected to play in the Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship, where his best finish came in his debut in 2018. Grade: B

T19. Rory McIlroy (-9): From the week with 8-under 62, McIlroy had full control of his game, and victory No. 22 felt imminent. The Northern Irishman reached 13 under after a birdie on par-3 11th Friday, and began to wither, mapping a quadruple and double bogey that came home in its second round. He wanted to continue this downward spiral over the weekend, but after four straight weeks of competition, fatigue felt inevitable. Next time we see McIlroy will be at JP McManus Pro-Am the week before the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews. Grade: C +