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Davis Riley wins Colonial for first individual PGA Tour victory

FORT WORTH, Texas — Davis Riley shot even par 70 while playing in the final group Sunday with Scottie Scheffler and still won a mastered Colonial by 5 shots over the world’s No. 1 player and Keegan Bradley for his first individual victory on the PGA. Tour.

Riley finished at 14-under 266 after making a 6-foot par putt on the final hole. Bradley carded a closing 67 and Scheffler shot 71 on a day when he hit only seven of 14 fairways and didn’t make a birdie until the 13th hole.

After starting the final round with a 4-shot lead, Riley gave up a shot with a bogey on the second hole when he headed into the right rough and then hit the bunker. But that was the closest Scheffler — or anyone else — would get with wind gusts of 20 mph and above blowing throughout the day.

The 27-year-old Riley’s only other PGA Tour victory came when he and Nick Hardy won the team event at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last year. The Mississippi native’s victory at the historic Colonial, which had been fully restored since last year’s tournament, earned him $1.638 million, the winner’s traditional plaid jacket and a fully restored and upgraded 1975 Stingray car.

The final round was played on the same day that Grayson Murray’s parents said their 30-year-old son committed suicide Saturday, a day after the two-time PGA Tour winner cited illness in withdrawing from the event with two holes remaining. his second round. The family had insisted to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that play continue at the Charles Schwab Classic.

Bradley, who won twice last year, was 10 under after a 4-foot birdie on the 17th hole. But he missed an even-length chance to save par at No. 18 after his tee shot and approach both ended up in the right rough.

Collin Morikawa, the only player in the field to finish all four rounds under par, finished fourth at 8 under after his final 68.

Riley made a 27-foot birdie on the 229-yard par-3 No. 4 that sits in the middle of the famous “Horrible Horseshoe,” which remains the most difficult three-hole stretch on the course. Scheffler bogeyed repeatedly at No. 5 after hitting the rough right parallel to the Trinity River.

As Riley closed the front nine with a 9-foot birdie putt, he had a 6-shot lead over Scheffler.

Scheffler was playing near his Dallas home a week after his arrest in the early morning darkness before his second round of the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, when police were investigating the death of a pedestrian and arrested — and briefly jailed – Scheffler for not having followed. flow direction.

After finishing eighth at Valhalla, Colonial finished 11th in the top 10 in Scheffler’s 12 tournaments this year. Before the PGA Championship, he took three weeks off for the birth of his first child after back-to-back victories at the Masters and the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head.

It was Scheffler’s third straight top-three finish at Colonial, even after an opening score of 72 was the first time this season he failed to break par in the first round. It also included his first triple bogey of the season, when his tee shot on the par-3 13th hole went into the pond overlooking the elevated green.

No. 13 was Scheffler’s first birdie on Sunday, but he was still 7 shots behind at that point. After Thursday’s triple, he had played 44 consecutive holes without a bogey, including rounds 65 and 63, through Nos. 4 and 5 on Sunday.

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