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Xander Schauffele Player Profile And What's In The Bag

By: | Mon 11 Jul 2022

Article Updated in May 2024

Xander Schauffele is no longer the best golfer never to have won a major. And the American broke his duck in sensational fashion, winning the 106th PGA Championship with a record-breaking total of 263, 21 under par, at Valhalla.

In a thrilling finish he birdied to the final hole to beat Bryson DeChambeau by a single shot.

Having led the tournament since equalling the best round at a major when he shot 62 in round one, the 30-year-old Californian finished with a six-under 65 to claim the Wanamaker Trophy by one shot.

"I was emotional after the [winning] putt lipped in," said Schauffele. "It's been a while since I've won - I really did not want to go into a play-off with Bryson.

"My dad is in Hawaii and I managed to call him but I had to hang up quickly because he was making me cry."

Six birdies in eight holes around the turn briefly put Norwegian Viktor Hovland into the lead, but world number three Schauffele responded with magnificent birdies on the 11th and 12th to wrestle it back.

DeChambeau profited with a birdie after his wild drive on 16 hit a tree and bounced back into the fairway, and he also birdied the last to card a 64 and draw level with Schauffele, sparking raucous celebrations on the 18th green.

Hovland then had a putt to also get to 20 under, but crumbled under the pressure, taking three shots from 10 feet as he finished on 18 under.

However, Olympic champion Schauffele, who has faced criticism for not closing out tournaments when well placed, stood up to the onslaught, rolling in a birdie of his own to secure the title.

England’s Justin Rose led the British challenge, finishing in a tie for sixth at 14 under par and with that becoming only the second player aged over 40, after the legendary Sam Snead, to make five consecutive top-15 finishes at this tournament.

Playing alongside Rose, Scotland's Robert MacIntyre failed to fire, although he closed with a superb eagle to post a 70 and 13-under total to cap a great week.

Shane Lowry of Ireland, who spectacularly equalled Schauffele’s 62 on Saturday - becoming the fourth player to do so - went cold with his putter as he also carded a 70.

Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa, who led jointly with Schauffele after round three, opened with 14 straight pars before bogeying the 15th. His solitary birdie came at the last in an otherwise disappointing round as he finished five off the pace.

The world’s top two players Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy rounded off disappointing weekends at eight and nine shots back respectively.

Player Profile

Xander Schauffele was born in San Diego on October 25, 1993. 

His father, who was a world-class decathlete, has been his only swing coach throughout his golf career.

Schauffele was the individual winner of the 2011 California State High School Championship. After graduating from high school, Schauffele played his freshman year in college at California State University. He won the 2014 California State Amateur Championship, beating Beau Hossler.

During his time in college he had 27 top-tens, including 19 top fives, four second places and three wins. He was ranked in the top 10 in the amateur world rankings when he turned pro in 2015.

In 2016 he played a full season on the Web.com Tour, finishing 26th in the money list to narrowly miss out on a PGA Tour card but he would gain his playing rights by finishing 15th on the Finals money list (excluding the 25 regular-season graduates).

In 2017 he finished fifth at the US Open and would go on to win the Greenbrier Classic. He also qualified for the Tour Championship, where he birdied the final hole to claim his second success and finish third in the FedEx Cup. He was also named rookie of the year.

In 2018 he joined the DP World Tour and when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions he climbed to fourth in the Race to Dubai. Schauffele entered the European Tour final event, the DP World Tour Championship in 5th position. With a final round score of 6-under-par 66, Schauffele finished T16. This ensured a season-ending 4th position on the Order of Merit.

In January 2019, he won the Tournament of Champions, returning a course record equalling 11-under-par 62 in the final round to pass Gary Woodland, who he had trailed by five shots entering the final round.

In April 2019, Schauffele tied for second at The Masters, one shot behind Tiger Woods. It was his third top-five in eight starts at major championships. In June that year, he finished tied for 3rd at the US Open at Pebble Beach. In December 2019 he was a member of the US team that won the Presidents Cup.

In August 2021, Schauffele recorded a final-round of 67 to win the Olympic golf medal. He was also a member of the US team that thrashed Europe in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

In June 2022 he won the Travelers Championship and followed it a few weeks later by claiming the Scottish Open.

In March 2024 he led the Players Championship but had to settle for finishing in a tie for second behind Scottie Scheffler. And the week before the PGA Championship he also led the Wells Fargo Championship after 54 holes but this time lost out to Rory McIlroy.

The PGA Championship was his 175th start and his eighth victory. He also has 14 runner-up finishes, nine third places and 43 top fives. His career prize money stands at almost $50m. He is ranked third in the world and second in the FedEx Cup standings.

Last 10 Results

The PGA Championship - 1st

Wells Fargo Championship - 2nd

RBC Heritage - T18th

The Masters Tournament - 8th

Valspar Championship - T5th

The Players Championship - T2nd

Arnold Palmer Invitational - T25th

Genesis Invitational - T4th

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - T54th

Farmers Insurance Open - T9th

Key Stats

Driving Distance - 304.5 Yards

Driving Accuracy - 67.76%

Greens in Regulation - 69.09%

Sand Saves - 56.52%

Putts Per Round - 28.38

Scoring Average - 68.79

End of Year World Ranking Position

2019: 9

2020: 8

2021: 6

2022: 6

2023: 6

What's In Xander Schauffele's Golf Bag?

Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond 10.5°

Fairway: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond 15°

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW 21°

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB ’24, 4-10

Wedges: Callaway JAWS Raw 52° 10S

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design Las Vegas #7 CH

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Tour

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