2022 Tour Championship leaderboard breakdown: Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele on high as Spherical 3 suspended

August 28, 2022

With a possibility to run away from the remainder of the sphere in entrance of them throughout Spherical 3 on the 2022 Tour Championship, neither Scottie Scheffler nor Xander Schauffele might money in. They misplaced some floor to a area that is out of the blue closing in on the highest of the leaderboard, and whereas that may very well be dangerous information for the way a lot cash they finally make Sunday afternoon, it is nice information for followers in search of a detailed end between the perfect gamers on the earth.

Spherical 3 ended early Saturday following two inclement climate delays, which suggests Scheffler (who nonetheless leads) and Schauffele will play their ultimate six holes beginning at 9:45 a.m. ET on Sunday. They will accomplish that whereas attempting to shut out a spherical during which they’re presently simply 1 underneath though the sphere common was at 67 at shut of play Saturday. The worst rating of the day to that time was 1 over.

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Fourteen golfers must end Sunday morning, which makes for an extended Tour Championship finale. Gamers will probably be compensated handsomely for his or her additional time, although, with $58 million on the desk and $18 million of it going to the winner in any case 4 rounds. With the highest of the board compacting, the battle for first prize and a very life-changing sum of money (for many of the gamers within the area) must be immense.

This is a take a look at the place issues stand with a handful of holes nonetheless left to play in Spherical 3 and what might unfold in Spherical 4.

The chief

1. Scottie Scheffler (-19 through 12): There’s nonetheless time for Scheffler to get again underneath par for the third spherical when he finally ends up Sunday morning, however because it stands proper now, solely Cameron Younger (through 16 holes) and Corey Conners (completed) are worse than Scheffler’s even-par rating. He is dropping two strokes to the sphere proper now, and a putter that went chilly in Spherical 3 continues to ail him. He should win this factor and cap his four-win 12 months with yet one more one, nevertheless it’s actually gotten so much nearer than many (together with even Scheffler) in all probability imagined it could.

Who can catch the chief

2. Xander Schauffele (-18 through 12): Schauffele is the plain alternative right here as a result of he has essentially the most holes remaining, which suggests he additionally has essentially the most room for error. Additionally, no one who has performed this golf course greater than 20 occasions has ever it higher than Schauffele. He is laboring by means of a 3rd spherical that appeared prefer it was going to be one other gem, however he is nonetheless making a ton of birdies. The final — and maybe most evident — cause Schauffele is the probably to catch Scheffler is as a result of he is the closest to him and in reality would possibly truly lead by the point the ultimate spherical begins on Sunday.

3. Sungjae Im (-16 through 14)

4. Rory McIlroy (-15 through 16): McIlroy additionally dominates East Lake and deserves a glance right here contemplating the place he is in with out even hitting driver all that properly up to now this week (he was harm massive time by a gap triple on Thursday). If that clicks on Sunday, he might shoot 63.

T5. Jon Rahm (-14 through 13)
T5. Patrick Cantlay (-14 through 13)
T5. Justin Thomas (-14 through 17):
J.T. talked about after Saturday ended how the highest gamers have given him some much-needed assist up to now, and in the event that they proceed to take action, he’ll have an opportunity to win on Sunday. If not, it may be extraordinarily troublesome for anybody outdoors the highest two or three to say the $18 million first prize.

Stat(s) of the day

This offers even higher context to how a lot nearer the match is with a day remaining than it was on Friday afternoon. Honorable point out: Schauffele performed the fourth gap on Friday by means of the third gap on Saturday (18 holes whole) in 60 strokes.

Profession earnings

A handful of golfers are in place to almost match and even surpass their profession earnings with a lights-out end on Sunday. This is a take a look at just a few golfers who’re in all probability not going to win all of it however might earn the $6.5 million second prize or $5 million third prize and are available shut to creating as a lot in a single match as they’ve remodeled the course of their total PGA Tour careers.

Sepp Straka (T5): $7.9 million
Tom Hoge (T10): $11.4 million
J.T. Poston (15): $10.3 million

2022 Tour Championship up to date odds, picks

  • Scottie Scheffler: +105
  • Xander Schauffele: +200
  • Sungjae Im: +900
  • Rory McIlroy: +1000
  • Jon Rahm: +2200
  • Patrick Cantlay: +3500
  • Justin Thomas: +3500

Finally, both Scheffler or Schauffele will seemingly win this match, and I’ve thought so since Thursday. Nonetheless, for those who’re merely wanting an excellent quantity, think about Thomas at 35-1 as he is about to make birdie on the 18th gap when he finishes his third spherical on Sunday morning. Cantlay at 35-1 can be attention-grabbing provided that he is main the sphere this week in strokes gained from tee to inexperienced and nonetheless has 5 holes left to play in his third spherical. He is simply 5 again of the lead, and if he has a type of days when he is making the whole lot he seems to be at, he might undoubtedly run down Scheffler and Schauffele over the course of his final 23 holes.