Justin Thomas ranks No. 1 in 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge after winning PGA Championship

FORT WORTH, Texas — Justin Thomas kicked off his week at Colonial Country Club, insisting he’s focused on adding another trophy to his case, even as the Charles Schwab Challenge comes a few days after he won the PGA Championship at South Hills Country Club. It started after that.

The scorecard suggested that Thomas may have lost a little bit of focus.

On a sweltering day in Texas, the 15-time PGA Tour champion collapsed shortly after escaping the dreaded horseshoe — a three-hole stretch of the front nine that often left players feeling ill. Instead, it was the 7th, 8th and 9th balls that proved Thomas a failure, as his bogey-bogey-triple basically won a weekend off.

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Thomas wasn’t the only big name struggling in the week following the majors.

While Scotty Schaeffler, Beau Hossler and Scott Stallings lead at 9 under, here are some other big names who failed to land on the right side of the plus-1 line After being packaged:

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Justin Thomas (plus 3)

Justin Thomas reacts after hitting the ball from the eighth tee in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to harass Thomas, who won his second major less than a week ago. JT struggled with drivers — he only hit 40 percent of the fairways — and in putting, missed short putts like birdie 13, 6 feet down the hole, which could Make things more interesting. But what really cost him was the stroke gained: close to the green, where he nearly gave up four shots.

Tom Hogg (plus 4)

Tom Hogg reacts after hitting the ball from the sixth tee in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Home-field advantage for this TCU product has been non-existent for the past few years — Hoge missed the cut to Colonial for the third year in a row. A 75 on Thursday, including five bogeys and a double, helped seal his fate.

Will Zalatoris (plus 3)

Will Zalatoris watches him hit the sixth tee in the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge Golf Championship.Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Recent weeks have been boom and bust for Zara Torres, as he has four top-6 finishes — including the WGC Match Play, Masters and PGA Championship — and two at the Dallas Mets. missed promotion.

Kevin Kisner (plus 3)

Kevin Kisner hits the ball from the sixth tee in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

We’d call this a surprise, given Kisner’s impressive history with the Colonials, including a 2017 victory. While the court was suited to his game, he simply couldn’t make many birdies, making just two in the same number of possessions.

Billy Horscher (plus 2)

Billy Horschel hits the sixth tee in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

It marked the first time Horschel missed the cut this season (he did quit the player), and while he didn’t miss a putt within 10 feet in the opening round, he didn’t do enough to make it into the weekend.

Abe Anser (plus 2)

Abraham Ancer bats from the sixth tee in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

That’s a surprise, considering Ancer has finished 14th in each of the past two years and has never missed the cut in the previous four Colonial races. Ancer’s putt let him down — he finished near the bottom of Strokes Gained: Putting for the event.

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