Scottie Scheffler beats Tom Kim in the playoff

This week they will celebrate their birthdays together (which fell last Thursday for both of them), and on Sunday they will play for the triumph at the 2024 Travelers Championship on the play-off hole

by Andrea Gussoni
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Scottie Scheffler beats Tom Kim in the playoff
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This week they will celebrate their birthdays together (which fell last Thursday for both of them), and on Sunday they will play for the triumph at the 2024 Travelers Championship on the play-off hole. Tom Kim will ask Scottie Scheffler to go out together more often, if their performances on the field are like this.

In the end, however, the winner is always the undisputed No. 1 in the world, who grants the interview with his less than a month old son in his arms and continues to write the history of golf. For the American, the sixth title of the season (already such an impressive number), but which even arrives before July.

Only five in the past have succeeded in this feat: the last was Arnold Palmer in 1962.

Golf, Scheffler, results

After eighteen holes of pure emotions the Korean achieves the masterpiece on the eighteenth: perfect second shot, bounce an inch from the hole and spin that causes the ball to retreat two meters from the flag.

The world no.1 tries the putt from the edge of the green, the roll seems perfect but stops a round before going in. Then the Koran has the opportunity to force the playoff: center the hole and go on playing, despite the usual scabrous protest from a couple of spectators, who 'invaded' the last hole by throwing paint and smoke bombs.

The two both closed the eighteen holes with an overall score of -22. For Tom Kim Sunday with 66 shots, for Scheffler third consecutive lap closed at -5 and a comeback completed by the three shots gap after the first day. Kim's is slightly longer, with Scheffler therefore first to play from the fairway.

Scottie, in his moment of need, pulls out the champion's shot: iron at the pole and all the pressure on the young Korean. The newly twenty-two year old suffers by sending his second short film into the bunker. Kim doesn't manage the miraculous recovery like Jordan Spieth did a few years ago, he misses the exit and then also the putt for par, making everything too easy for the OWGR no.1.

In fact, Scheffler doesn't hole out the birdie, he approaches and closes raising his arms to the sky, with his family waiting for him. On the magnificent par 70 course of the TPC River Highlands, third place tied for Sungjae Im and Tom Hoge, with an overall score of -20.

A great Sunday for the American, who recovered nine positions with his lap in 62 strokes. A crescendo finish for the Korean, however, who with four birdies in the last six holes achieved one of the best results of his career.

Last Signature Event of the season and only big names in the upper areas of the rankings, with an all-American quartet at -18 sharing fifth place with unquestionable talent: Patrick Cantlay (65), Justin Thomas (66), Tony Finau (66) and Akshay Bhatia (69).

Prominent names also completed the top-10 in Cromwell (Connecticut) such as Brian Harman (62), Wyndham Clark (63), Cameron Young (66, the double bogey on the 12th was decisive for him when he was just one shot away from summit) and Shane Lowry (97).

For the three Americans and the Irishman, ninth place at -17, while close to the top ten two major champions such as Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa end up tied. PGA Tour will return to the field next week with the Rocket Mortgage Classic, with Francesco Molinari also in the field, while all the other Italians will be on stage in the unmissable event with the Italian Open.

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