Breakdown of 2022 Tour Championship standings: Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele on top as Round 3 suspended

With a chance to run away from the rest of the field ahead of them during Round 3 of the 2022 Tour Championship, neither Scottie Scheffler nor Xander Schauffele were able to cash in. They lost some ground to a field that is suddenly closing in on the top of the standings, and while that could be bad news for how much money they end up making on Sunday afternoon, it’s great news for fans looking for a close finish between the races. best players in the world.

Round 3 ended early Saturday after two inclement weather delays, meaning Scheffler (who is still in the lead) and Schauffele will play their last six holes starting Sunday at 9:45 a.m. ET. They will do this while trying to finish a round in which they are currently just 1 under, even though the fielding average was 67 at the end of the game on Saturday. The worst score of the day so far was 1 left.

Fourteen golfers will have to finish on Sunday morning, making for a long Tour Championship final. However, players will be generously compensated for their overtime, with $58 million on the table and $18 million of that going to the winner after all four rounds. With the top of the board compacting, the battle for first prize and a truly life-changing amount of money (for most players in the field) should be immense.

Here’s a look at how things are going with a handful of holes left to play in round 3 and what could happen in round 4.

The leader

1. Scottie Scheffler (-19 to 12): There’s still time for Scheffler to get back under par for the third round when he finishes Sunday morning, but as it stands, only Cameron Young (up to 16 holes) and Corey Conners (completed) are worse than Scheffler’s equal score . He now loses two strokes on the court and a putter that went cold on lap 3 continues to hurt him. He may still win this thing and wrap up his four-win year with another, but it’s definitely come a lot closer than many (including even Scheffler) probably thought.

Who can catch the leader?

2. Xander Schauffele (-18 to 12): Schauffele is the obvious choice here as he has the most holes to spare, meaning he also has the most margin for error. Also, no one who has played this golf course more than 20 times has it ever better than Schauffele. He works his way through a third round that looked like it was going to be another gem, but he’s still making a lot of birdies. The final – and perhaps most obvious – reason Schauffele is most likely to catch Scheffler is because he is closest to him and could, in fact, lead by the time the final round starts on Sunday.

3. Sungjae Im (-16 to 14)

4. Rory McIlroy (-15 to 16): McIlroy also dominates East Lake and deserves a look here, given the position he’s in, without even hitting the driver that well so far this week (he was badly injured in an opening triple on Thursday). If that clicks on Sunday, he can shoot 63.

T5. Jon Rahm (-14 to 13)
T5. Patrick Cantlay (-14 to 13)
T5. Justin Thomas (-14 to 17):
JT said after the end of Saturday how the top players have given him much-needed help thus far, and if they continue to do so, he will stand a chance of winning on Sunday. If not, it becomes extremely difficult for anyone outside of the top two or three to claim the $18 million first prize.

Statistic(s) of the day

This gives even better context to how much closer the tournament is with one day to go than Friday afternoon. Honorable Mention: Schauffele played the fourth hole Friday through Saturday the third hole (18 holes total) in 60 strokes.

Career Income

A handful of golfers are in a position to nearly match or even surpass their career earnings with a lights-out finish on Sunday. Here’s a look at a few golfers who probably won’t win everything, but could make the second prize of $6.5 million or the third prize of $5 million and come close to making as much in one tournament as they do have made over the course of their entire PGA Tour careers.

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

2022 Tour Championship Updated Odds, Picks

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

In the end, either Scheffler or Schauffele will probably win this tournament, and I’ve been thinking that since Thursday. However, if you just want a good number, consider Thomas 35-1, as he’s about to birdie the 18th hole when he finishes his third round on Sunday morning. Cantlay 35-1 is also interesting as he leads the field this week in strokes from tee to green and has five holes to play in his third round. He’s only five behind the lead, and if he has one of those days where he makes everything he’s looking at, he could definitely beat Scheffler and Schauffele over the course of his last 23 holes.


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