Scheffler wins, Hovland, Eckroat in top four in Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invite

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The PGA Tour may still be on hiatus and collegiate golf canceled until the fall, but some of the top players are hooking horns anyway.

Former Texas Longhorn and current PGA Tour player Scottie Scheffler edged Will Zalatoris and former OSU star Viktor Hovland to win the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational Thursday at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.

Scheffler birdied four of his last seven holes to shoot a final-round, bogey-free, 5-under-par 67, one shot ahead of Zalatoris and two clear of Hovland. Tied for fourth at 4-under and low amateur was Austin Eckroat of Edmond and Oklahoma State, along with Harry Higgs of the PGA Tour.

The 54-hole tournament featured current and former players from the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour as well as top amateurs and benefitted the club’s caddies, who have been sidelined because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

With rounds of 66-74-67, Scheffler finished at 9 under 207 and one shot clear of Zalatoris, who plays on the Korn Ferry Tour and closed with a 65 following rounds of 73-70. Also closing with a 65 was pre-tournament favorite and rising PGA Tour star Hovland, who fell just short after opening with a 75. He was third, two shots back. Hovland, ranked No. 57 in the official world rankings, won the Puerto Rico Open in February.

Many other players with Oklahoma ties dotted the leaderboard. Former Cowboy Zach Bauchou tied for seventh with the University of Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins. Former Edmond Memorial star Taylor Moore tied for ninth. Former OSU golfer Kevin Dougherty tied for 15th, while former Sooners Grant Hirschman and Blaine Hale finished 17th and tied for 18th respectively. Former Cowboy Hayden Wood of Edmond was tied for 22nd, while former Sooner Charlie Saxon tied for 24th and former Cowboy Sam Stevens tied for 26th with current OSU player Brian Stark.

Also, Sooner Thomas Johnson tied for 28th, OU’s Jake Holbrook placed 33rd, former Sooner Patrick Welch tied for 36th, OU’s Riley Casey tied for 40th, Sooner Turner Hosch took 42nd and former Sooner Max McGreevy tied for 45th.

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Scheffler donated his $9,000 first-place check to Maridoe’s caddie fund. In total, the fundraising event raised more than $20,000 for the loopers, who have been out of work since late March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Definitely glad to come out here and raise some money for a good cause,” Scheffler said. “There are a lot of people struggling right now, especially in our world, so it’s definitely good to come out and play, and hopefully [we’ll] get the economy going again soon.”

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