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Tour Championship 2022 standings breakdown: Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele lead as Round 3 suspended

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With an opportunity to flee the rest of the field ahead of them in Round 3 of the 2022 Tour Championship, neither Scottie Scheffler nor Xander Schauffele could cash in. They’ve lost ground to a field suddenly closing in on the top of the leaderboard, and while that might be bad news for how much money they end up earning on Sunday afternoon, it’s great news for the fans looking for a close finish between the best players in the world.

Round 3 ended early Saturday after two inclement weather delays, meaning Scheffler (still leading) and Schauffele will play their final six holes beginning at 9:45 a.m. ET Sunday. They will do so by trying to close out a round in which they are currently just 1 under, even though the field average was 67 at the end of the game on Saturday. The worst score of the day at this point was 1 over.

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Fourteen golfers will have to finish on Sunday morning, making it a lengthy Tour Championship final. Players will be generously rewarded for their overtime, however, with $58 million on the table and $18 million going to the winner after the four rounds. With the top of the table compacted, the fight for the top prize and a truly life-changing amount of cash (for most players in the field) should be immense.

Here’s a look at the state of things with a handful of holes still to play in Round 3 and what could unfold 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 on Sunday morning, but as things stand only Cameron Young (through 16 holes) and Corey Conners (completed) are worse than the Scheffler’s even score. . He’s losing two shots on the court right now, and a putter that went cold in the third round continues to hurt him. He can still win this thing and cap his four-win year with another, but it certainly came a lot closer than many (even Scheffler included) probably imagined.

Who can catch the leader

2. Xander Schauele (-18 to 12): Schauffele is the obvious choice here because he has the most holes remaining, which means he also has the most room for error. Plus, no one who has played this golf course more than 20 times has ever had it better than Schauffele. He goes through a third round that looked like another gem, but he still makes a ton of birdies. The final – and perhaps most obvious – reason Schauffele is most likely to catch Scheffler is that he’s closest to him and could actually lead when the final round begins on Sunday.

3. Sungjae Im (-16 to 14)

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

T5. Jon Rahm (-14 to 13)
T5. Patrick Cantlay (-14 to 13)
T5. Justin Thomas (-14 to 17):
JT mentioned after the end on Saturday how the top players have given him much needed help so far, and if they keep doing that, he will have a chance to win on Sunday. Otherwise, it will be extremely difficult for anyone outside of the top two or three to claim the $18 million top prize.

Stat(s) of the day

It gives an even better context of how much closer the tournament is with one day remaining than it was on Friday afternoon. Honorable mention: Schauffele played from the fourth hole on Friday to the third hole on Saturday (18 holes in total) in 60 strokes.

Career earnings

A handful of golfers are able to match or even exceed their career earnings with a finish off on Sunday. Here’s a look at some golfers who probably won’t win it all, but who could win the $6.5 million second prize or the $5 million third prize and come close to winning as much in one tournament as they can. have won during their entire PGA Tour careers.

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

Tour Championship 2022 updated odds, picks

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

In the end, Scheffler or Schauffele will probably win this tournament, and I’ve been thinking so since Thursday. However, if you just want a good number, consider Thomas at 35-1 as he’s about to birdie the 18th hole when he completes his third round on Sunday morning. Cantlay at 35-1 is also interesting considering he leads the pack this week in shots won from tee to green and still has five holes left in his third round. He’s only five behind the lead, and if he has one of those days when he does everything he looks at, he could definitely crush Scheffler and Schauffele over his last 23 holes.

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