Xander Schauffele had the look of a winner all day today at Colonial Country Club. He was playing steady golf and making a good number of lengthy putts as he anchored himself near the top of the leaderboard at the Charles Schwab Challenge. And the short putts, well, the four-time PGA Tour champ was money on those. According to 15th Club stat guru Justin Ray, Schauffele was 51-for-51 on the week from putts inside five feet after 70 holes of play.

And that’s why what happened on the par-4 17th hole, the 71st hole of the PGA Tour’s return to golf, deserves a viewer’s discretion label. Schauffele had less than three feet for par to remain at 15-under, tied for the lead with Daniel Berger and Collin Morikawa. Put the 4 on the board and get the man to the 18th tee.



Schauffele had waited three months to play again and that’s the break he gets coming down the stretch at Colonial.

Suffice to say, Schauffele couldn’t make a 24-foot birdie on the 18th and had to settle for a T-3 finish for the week.

Welcome back Xander. Yeah, winning golf tournaments is still hard.