Morikawa, Schauffele Miss Obscenely Easy Putts to Hand Daniel Berger First PGA Victory

Berger earned his third Tour win at the Charles Schwab Challenge

Berger earned his third Tour win at the Charles Schwab Challenge
Daniel Berger celebrates with the plaid jacket and Leonard Trophy after defeating Collin Morikawa. (Ronald Martinez/Getty)
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After fellow golfers Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele missed easy putts just moments apart, Daniel Berger earned his third PGA Tour victory with a win at the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff on Sunday afternoon.

In the playoff on the 17th hole, Berger was able to beat out Morikawa after the latter missed a 3-footer that would have extended the playoff and sent the golfers to the 18th tee. As it was, Morikawa’s putt spun out, and Berger was the winner.

Schauffele should have been in the playoff, but his 3-footer for par on the 17th in regulation lipped out for bogey, dropping him a stroke behind Berger and Morikawa with one hole left to play.

“If there are fans and everything with the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs,’ I’d probably be a little more (ticked) off,” Schauffele said. “Maybe that’s a good thing for me right now. But it was definitely weird.”

Though it wasn’t a win for Schauffele or Morikawa, the PGA Tour’s first event back since the outbreak of the coronavirus was a success in the ratings department. It was also a victory for Berger, who jumped all the way from being ranked 107th in the world up to 31st in the OWGR rankings, his best position since January of 2018.

“There were so many times today where I could have given it up or let the pressure get to me, but I hung in there and I played practically some of the best golf I’ve played the last six years the last five holes today,” Berger said on Sunday. “A little different for sure, but in the end, I was holding the trophy – and that’s all that matters to me.”

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