PGA Tour Championship 2022: What the 36-Hole Leaderboard Would Look Like Without the Starting Strokes Format

For the fourth consecutive year, the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club features the “starting strokes” format. Under this format, the top player in the FedEx Cup standings starts at 10-under, while those behind him begin with scores on a staggering scale.

The No. 2 player starts two shots back at 8-under, and it goes all the way down to even par, where the final five players begin their week.

This year’s top seed, Scottie Scheffler, was running away with the Tour Championship before some tee trouble near the end of his second round closed the gap. Xander Schauffele continued his brilliance at East Lake with a second-round 63, closing out with an eagle, and is just two strokes back heading into the final 36 holes.

So what would the leaderboard look like had everyone started on equal ground? Spoiler alert: Scottie Scheffler wouldn’t be at the top and wouldn’t even be in the final pairing.

What the actual PGA Tour Championship 36-hole leaderboard looks like

Scottie Scheffler during the second round of the 2022 PGA Tour Championship
Scottie Scheffler plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on August 26, 2022 | Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Here’s what the actual leaderboard at the 2022 Tour Championship looks like at the halfway point.

  • Scottie Scheffler: -19
  • Xander Schauffele: -17
  • Jon Rahm: -13
  • Patrick Cantlay: -12
  • Sungjae Im: -12
  • Joaquin Niemann: -11
  • Rory McIlroy: -10
  • Max Homa: -9
  • Tom Hoge: -9
  • Cameron Young: -9
  • Aaron Wise: -8
  • Sepp Straka: -8
  • Justin Thomas: -8
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: -8
  • Tony Finau: -6
  • Hideki Matsuyama: -6
  • Collin Morikawa: -6
  • Jordan Spieth: -6
  • J.T. Poston: -6
  • Cameron Smith: -6
  • Viktor Hovland: -3
  • Brian Harman: -3
  • Billy Horschel: -3
  • Adam Scott: -2
  • Sam Burns: -2
  • Corey Conners: -1
  • K.H. Lee: E
  • Scott Stallings: +1
  • Sahith Theegala: +3

What it would look like without the starting strokes format

And here’s what the 36-hole leaderboard at the 2022 Tour Championship would look like without the starting strokes format.

  • Xander Schauffele: -11
  • Jon Rahm: -10
  • Scottie Scheffler: -9
  • Joaquin Niemann: -9
  • Sungjae Im: -8
  • Tom Hoge: -8
  • Aaron Wise: -8
  • Max Homa: -7
  • Rory McIlroy: -6
  • Cameron Young: -6
  • J.T. Poston: -6
  • Justin Thomas: -5
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: -5
  • Collin Morikawa: -5
  • Patrick Cantlay: -4
  • Sepp Straka: -4
  • Hideki Matsuyama: -4
  • Jordan Spieth: -4
  • Tony Finau: -2
  • Cameron Smith: -2
  • Brian Harman: -2
  • Billy Horschel: -2
  • Adam Scott: -2
  • Viktor Hovland: -1
  • Corey Conners: E
  • K.H. Lee: E
  • Sam Burns: +3
  • Sahith Theegala: +3
  • Scott Stallings: +4

Stats courtesy of PGATour.com

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