Charles Schwab Challenge: Berger Beats Morikawa in First Hole of Playoff

Daniel Berger outlasts Collin Morikawa to win Charles Schwab Challenge on the first hole of Sunday's playoff
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The first PGA Tour event in more than three months lived up to all the hype this weekend, as Daniel Berger defeated Collin Morikawa in a playoff to win the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial CC.

Berger came into the tournament as a longshot at +8000, which gave him a 1.2% implied probability to win. It was his third career win and first since 2017.

Berger shot an opening-round 65, good for five-under, on Thursday and followed it with a 67 in Round 2 and 3 before closing out with a 66 on Sunday.

He needed a birdie on 18 Sunday to get into the clubhouse at 15-under. He was the sole leader until Morikawa finished at 15-under a few holes later. Morikawa had a makeable putt on 18 to get to 16-under but left it left of the hole.

The playoff started on the par-4 17th hole and ended with another missed putt by Morikawa. After Berger tapped in for par from a foot away, Morikawa had a 3-foot putt to force another hole, but it lipped out to give Berger the win.

Morikawa started the event at +4500, good for a 2.2% implied probability of winning the Charles Schwab Challenge.

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.

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