FORT WORTH – It was quick, about as sudden as “sudden death” gets in golf. One playoff hole and one monster putt from 38-feet just off the 18th green to notch Sam Burns’ third victory of the season at the Charles Schwab Challenge Sunday at Colonial Country Club over world no.1 Scottie Scheffler, who took a two-stroke lead into the final round..
“I honestly thought it was going to be a little bit short when I hit it, and that’s kind of why my reaction was what it was. I thought I left it short,’’ said Burns. “The putt was pretty straightforward. A little downhill, breaking left to right the whole way, I played it about a foot out and just tried to match the speed up.” He nabbed $1.5 million and restored vintage 1979 Pontiac Firebird.
“To see that go in, that was obviously really cool. I can assure you, he wanted to beat me more than anybody else and I wanted to beat him more than anybody else, and it just happened to be the two of us at the end, said Burns. “It’s going to be a fun story that we’ll get to have for the rest of our careers, and fortunately I got the better end of it this time.’’
The current Masters champion had a long range chance at birdie to send the playoff to a second hole, bit it slid just wide by the cup in a valiant attempt.
“The wind was very high,’’ said Scheffler. “It was very tough out there, with the gusts as high as they were it was really difficult to putt. I gave myself a lot of looks but I just didn’t have it today.’’
Both players finished regulation at 9 under par with Burns firing a final round 65 and Scheffler shooting 72.
Brendon Todd finished solo third at 8 under par.