Daniel Berger Wins Charles Schwab Challenge, 1st PGA Tour Event Amid Pandemic

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 14: Daniel Berger of the United States reacts to his birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 14, 2020 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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After an absence of PGA Tour golf for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was only fitting that the sport provided some extra action in the form of a playoff Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. 

It was Daniel Berger who won his showdown with Collin Morikawa on the first extra hole. 

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Back on the tee in a big way. 🏆

@DanielBerger59 wins the @CSChallengeFW in our Return to Golf.

It’s his third career victory and first since 2017. https://t.co/jfLJYFXdcG

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Daniel Berger won the Charles Schwab Challenge.

His three PGA TOUR wins have all come on the second weekend in June – June 12, 2016, June 11, 2017 and June 14, 2020.

Today’s final round was his 28th straight round of par or better, the longest active streak on TOUR. https://t.co/nTOJQNZxeu

It was a heartbreaker for Morikawa, who lipped out a three-foot putt on No. 17 that would have moved the playoff to a second hole.   

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What a way for the tournament to end.

Collin Morikawa’s putt lips out to give @DanielBerger59 the victory.

Golf is hard. 💔 https://t.co/FjWnTgopW8

It wasn’t the only lip-out that contributed to Berger’s win. Xander Schauffele also lipped out a putt on the 17th while holding a share of the lead. That miss, combined with a par on No. 18, kept him out of the playoff. 

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Unbelievable.

Co-leader Xander Schauffele’s ball lips out on the 17th hole.

He makes bogey to fall 1 back with 1 to play.

Golf is heartbreaking. https://t.co/1X90JNiQpk

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Daniel Berger is your 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge winner.

He should be kissing the lip on 17 in celebration.

While those misses contributed to his win, Berger was nonetheless excellent Sunday, with five birdies to just one bogey, shooting four-under par for the day and 15-under for the tournament. Per PGATour.com, he averaged 302 yards per drive with a 78.6 percent driving accuracy, hit 66.7 percent of greens in regulation and gained 1.1 strokes with his putting. 

And his birdie putt on No. 18 to move into a tie for the lead was as clutch as it gets:

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A birdie at the 72nd hole to tie the lead.

What a time to step up, @DanielBerger59.

#QuickHits https://t.co/CZDcxGVhgx

“I don’t really know if there is a key other than when I came back, I came back stronger than I ever have before, and I wanted it more than I ever have before, and it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Berger said, per Nick Menta of GolfChannel.com, referencing the wrist injury he battled in 2018 and ’19. 

It was unfortunate that Morikawa’s afternoon was ultimately defined by one shot, as his 50-foot putt on No. 14 was the shot of the day outside of Berger’s birdie on the 18th:

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“Are you kidding?”

@Collin_Morikawa ties the lead from 5️⃣0️⃣ FEET!

#QuickHits https://t.co/2gP951BH9d

As for some of the other notable participants, Bubba Watson finished two strokes back (-13) after an impressive five-under showing. Ditto for Patrick Reed (-13), who shot three-under for the day.

Jordan Spieth (-11) had a rough day, starting out in the running but falling to the wayside after his one-over performance, while Rory McIlroy (-6) completely fell apart, shooting a four-over. 

Up next on the PGA Tour is the RBC Heritage (June 18-21) at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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