FORT WORTH, Texas — Scottie Scheffler did something he rarely does last weekend, watching a golf tournament at home after missing the cut. The world’s No. 1 player returns to the field and tops Colonial’s crowded leaderboard.
Scheffler was one of eight players who shot a 4-under 66 at the Charles Schwab Classic on Thursday. But he was the only one in that group without a bogey, and he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
Cam Davis, Beau Hossler, Chris Kirk, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Nick Taylor and Harold Varner III also shot 66s. The other seven were repelled.
“The course is harder to play than a typical year here. Yeah, I feel like I’ve done a really good job of managing myself around the golf course,” Scheffler said. “As long as you don’t make a bogey, it’s going to be a good bout.”
Those who tee off in the morning waves — including Scheffler, Reed, Simpson and Varner — started off with little wind and cool conditions. Winds built up during their turn, reaching 20 mph throughout the afternoon.
Defending colonial champion Jason Cockerack and Jordan Spieth, the 2016 champions, finished runners-up for the third time last year with a 69.
After 19 students and two teachers were killed in a shooting at an elementary school Tuesday, many players wore ribbons on their hats to show support for the Uwald, Texas community – which Located approximately 350 miles south of the course.
Reed birdied all four par-3s at Colonial, including a 64-footer from the green bunker on the 237-yard fourth hole. His only bogey came on his final hole, after missing the fairway on the 400-yard dogleg on the ninth hole.
Reed missed the cut four times in his first 11 games over the past four months to finish no higher than 26th. He slipped to No. 38 in the World Golf Rankings — where he was No. 9 last year at Colony.
“It feels good to get a number out of it,” Reed said of his 66-year-old. “Honestly, I think it’s really good that there are too many days where I do a lot of things, it’s just that the number doesn’t really reflect it. But the great thing about a season is that it’s a season. You still have a lot of time.”
Varner had four bogeys on the 634-yard 11th hole, six birdies and an eagle on the 634-yard 11th hole, when he had a 330-yard drive and 305 yards from the green. 5-foot putt. That came after a birdie from 55 feet on No. 10 and a 10-foot birdie on No. 12, but he made two bogeys on the next three holes.
Taylor eagled the par-4 12th hole from 95 yards to 5 under, but he remained one shot ahead until bogey on the 18th. The world number 244 shot his final shot. A day passed and his second shot ended up on a trolley road.
Simpson followed with his only bogey, making immediate birdies on two previous par-3s. That included a 6 1/2-foot birdie putt on No. 9 after tee-off on No. 8 that pushed him into a bunker deep in the green, from which only his head and shoulders.
“Apart from those two holes, it was really strong,” Simpson said. “There are some good ups and downs, but it’s the type of colony I like, where it’s bumpy and the wind blows.”
Hossler shot an eagle 2 from 135 yards on the ninth hole to take the lead. On the par-4 sixth hole, he caught another eagle from 65 yards. Both of his eagles came after bogeys on the previous hole.
Schaeffler played PGA Championship champion Justin Thomas, the No. 5 player in the world, on Thursday with a 71.
Thomas won the PGA title in a three-hole final play-off over Wilzara Torres, who opened with a 72 in the Colony. Zalatoris, like Scheffler and Spieth, live in the Dallas area.
Mito Pereira shot an even-par 70 at the Colony, four days after he lost his PGA lead and missed a match with Thomas and Zara Torres with a double bogey on the 72nd hole at South Mountain. playoffs.
It wasn’t until he left the PGA prematurely that Scheffler officially committed to fighting the colonies. After about 300 miles home from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he watched the rest of the PGA Championship on TV.
“I usually never watch golf, but that’s fine. I relax all day on Saturday, go out to practice on Sunday, just put the game on my phone and watch,” Scheffler said. “Will is really close, and JT is a good buddy of mine too, and my old caddie is caddying for Mito. … I have a lot of different people I want to see, and it’s fun.”
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