PGA Tour Championship 2022: What the Final Leaderboard Would Look Like Without the Starting Strokes Format

The final 18 holes of the 2022 PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club weren’t supposed to be this entertaining.

When the final round began, top seed Scottie Scheffler held a six-stroke lead after playing brilliant golf to close out his third round early Sunday morning.

But Rory McIlroy and Sungjae Im clearly didn’t get the memo that Scheffler was supposed to cruise to an $18 million payday. As the world No. 1 struggled to a 3-over round of 73, McIlroy and Im pounced.

While Im came close to the lead, he could never take it but shot a solid 66 to finish at 20-under for the week, tying Scheffler for second.

McIlroy also shot 66, which was all he needed to close the six-shot gap. Rory took the lead with a long birdie putt at the 15th and held on for a one-shot win, finishing at 21-under.

What the actual final leaderboard at the 2022 Tour Championship looks like

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the 2022 PGA Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy reacts to his birdie on the seventh green during the final round of the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on August 28, 2022 | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Here’s what the actual final leaderboard at the 2022 Tour Championship looked like.

  • Rory McIlroy: -21
  • Scottie Scheffler: -20
  • Sungjae Im: -20
  • Xander Schauffele: -18
  • Max Homa: -17
  • Justin Thomas: -17
  • Sepp Straka: -16
  • Patrick Cantlay: -16
  • Tony Finau: -15
  • Tom Hoge: -14
  • Joaquin Niemann: -13
  • Hideki Matsuyama: -13
  • Jordan Spieth: -12
  • Aaron Wise: -12
  • Viktor Hovland: -11
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: -11
  • J.T. Poston: -11
  • Jon Rahm: -11
  • Cameron Young: -10
  • Cameron Smith: -9
  • Brian Harman: -8
  • Billy Horschel: -8
  • Collin Morikawa: -8
  • Sam Burns: -7
  • Adam Scott: -4
  • Corey Conners: -3
  • K.H. Lee: -1
  • Sahith Theegala: +1
  • Scott Stallings: +3

How it would look without the use of the starting strokes format

And here’s how the 2022 Tour Championship would have played out without using the starting strokes format. As you can see, the outcome is no different, at least at the top.

  • Rory McIlroy: -17
  • Sungjae Im: -16
  • Max Homa: -15
  • Justin Thomas: -14
  • Tom Hoge: -13
  • Xander Schauffele: -12
  • Sepp Straka: -12
  • Aaron Wise: -12
  • Tony Finau: -11
  • Joaquin Niemann: -11
  • Hideki Matsuyama: -11
  • J.T. Poston: -11
  • Scottie Scheffler: -10
  • Jordan Spieth: -10
  • Viktor Hovland: -9
  • Patrick Cantlay: -8
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: -8
  • Jon Rahm: -8
  • Cameron Young: -7
  • Brian Harman: -7
  • Billy Horschel: -7
  • Collin Morikawa: -7
  • Cameron Smith: -5
  • Adam Scott: -4
  • Sam Burns: -2
  • Corey Conners: -2
  • K.H. Lee: -1
  • Sahith Theegala: +1
  • Scott Stallings: +6

Stats courtesy of PGATour.com

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