X Marks His Spot in Tour Championship

At No. 32 in the FedExCup Standings coming into the week, Tour rookie Xander Schauffele, who won the Greenbrier Classic in July, needed a fairly good week to move two spots up into that top 30. He suddenly made himself a long-shot when he opened up the BMW with 72-70, a mediocre score compared to the field.

A Saturday 65 gave a glimmer of hope to the 23-year-old who came out of nowhere in 2017, but with at 2-over through 12 holes on Sunday (two bogeys, no birdies), Schauffele looked dead in the water, unless he could make something amazing happen very fast.

He then proceeded to play his last six holes in 6-under, going birdie, birdie, eagle (on a par-4), birdie, par, birdie to shoot an unlikely 4-under 67. Even better, the San Diego State alum jumped up to No. 26 in the FedExCup rankings, ensuring one more week to his magical season.

“You know, we were 2-over through 10, 11 today and 12. Smiling, shooting 4-under today was incredible,” explained the rookie Schauffele. “It’s surreal like someone just said and I’m just happy — I was having fun all year ever since Greenbrier, even before Greenbrier having fun. Telling Austin I didn’t want it to end. I’m glad we can move on.”

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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