2022
With the course playing at its toughest, Scottie Scheffler pieced together six finishing pars, a couple of them clutch, which were just enough to edge a handful of contenders and win the tournament,...

With the course playing at its toughest, Scottie Scheffler pieced together six finishing pars, a couple of them clutch, which were just enough to edge a handful of contenders and win the tournament, his second of the season and his fairly-brief pro career.

Scheffler was barely in sight the first two days as Rory McIlroy, the 2018 champion, opened with a 65 and Viktor Hovland took over the lead by two strokes Friday with his 69-66--135. Scheffler then trailed by eight shots. He rose into contention Saturday with 68, the day’s best score, then trailing only co-leaders Billy Horschel and Talor Gooch – 209 – and Hovland – 210 – with his 211.

As usual, Sunday’s final-round dramatics developed over the final holes. While Scheffler was gutting out pars from tree trouble at the 15th and 16th holes, Gary Woodland took the lead with an eagle at the par-five 16th before catching a plugged lie in the front trap at the par-three 17th and absorbing a devastating double bogey.

Ultimately, Scheffler made two tough two-putts, from 45 feet at the 17th and 70 feet at the final hole for the one-stroke victory at five-under-par 283. Hovland missed an 18-foot birdie putt from the front fringe and Horschel a 30-footer in their bids for a tie at the 18th, winding up in a second-place tie at 284 with 2020 champion Tyrrell Hatton, who finished earlier with 69, one of only two rounds in the 60s on the demanding course.

You must play boldly to win. Arnold Palmer