FORT WORTH, Texas — Sam Burns made a 38-foot birdie putt on his first playoff hole at Colony, just over two hours after he completed a round, beating No. 1 on Sunday. A Scotty Scheffler.
Burns was doomed in the clubhouse after he shot a 5-under 65 to 9-under, and at one point Schaeffler was one of five players tied for 10-under. one.
High winds and strange sequences changed all that. Schaeffler needed three key putts to hit a 72 to make the playoffs, matching the 25-year-old standout and close friend.
Burns’ seven-shot comeback was tied with Nick Price in 1994 for the biggest score ever to win the Colony in the final round.
The playoffs began with both teeing off on the 18th fairway, and not long ago Scheffler hit a 6-footer after a bunker on No. 72, the same hole.
Scheffler made his way to the green in the playoffs, but 36 feet away. Burns hit from the back of the green and, using his putter, the ball curled into the cup in the final few feet. Scheffler putt well, but missed a birdie all day.
It was Burns’ third win of the season and his fourth in his last 27 starts. The world No. 10 won for the second time at Valspar in March.
Colonial’s victory was worth $1,512,000, along with a plaid jacket and a custom Schwab Firebird Trans Am.
Masters champion Scheffler took his fifth victory in the past 10 matches. He missed out on becoming the first player since Tom Watson in 1980 to score five wins in a PGA Tour season before early June.
Burns was 5 under on the front nine and finished at 9 under. He birdied the 11th hole but made a bogey after a wayward tee shot and penalty stroke. He made an analogy and waited.
On the 17th hole, Scheffler’s first putt went 8 feet over the hole, and he threw a fist when he made par. That’s more of a reaction than when he made a 9-foot birdie on No. 15 and made a par there.
Brendon Todd (71), who played in the final group with Scheffler, gave up the lead with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 11 and 12. That dropped him to 8 under, and he finished third. alone. That’s one shot ahead of Tony Furnow (67), Davis Riley (69) and Scott Stallings (72).
Temperatures are back in the mid-90s again, with sustained winds over 20 mph and gusts over 30 mph, just like Saturday. The greens became firmer, and the wind made it harder to hit the ball—and harder to putt when the player hit the ball.
Five players were 10 under after the final set turned around, and then Scheffler briefly regained his personal lead with a long gap between shots.
Stallings birdied the 11th hole from 631 yards to 10 under, then flew over the 12th green and onto a slope with his view blocked by a makeshift TV tower.
Since then, freed from standing on the sprinklers and then off the makeshift sign, Stallings is 43 yards from the hole in a straight line. But his approach failed, and he ended up making a bogey.
Harold Varner III, who was in the same group with Stallings for his first PGA Tour title, also lost the lead when he four-putted within 20 feet after a long wait. His approach has been buried in a bunker in front of the green.
After that triple-bogey, Varner made a double-bogey on the par-3 13th with a tee shot in the water. He followed that up with a triple-double, a 10-over 45, and a 78 to finish tied for 27th.
During that delay, Scheffler suddenly went back to the lead at 10 under on the fairway on the 12th hole. But that was short lived. His approach was short, and then he missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt.
PGA Tour rookie Riley actually went all the way at 11 under, making his sixth birdie of the day, chipping from behind the green on a 340-yard tee and 305-yard approach at 11. Hole, par 5.
But his par on No. 13 went out of bounds, then he tee-off on No. 12 for a double bogey and a 6.
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