Xander Schauffele quietly has a strong resume at the majors. The 26-year-old has teed it up in 11 of them and has contended in five. All five netted top-six finishes, including T-2nd at the 2018 Open Championship, T-2nd at the 2019 Masters and T-3rd at the U.S. Open.
Schauffele’s already won three times on the PGA Tour, including a couple times against tough fields at the Tour Championship and Tournament of Champions.
The former San Diego State Aztec has flown a bit under the radar since golf’s resumption in June. His game’s not far off, though.
Schauffele’s made all five of his cuts, including taking T-3rd at Colonial. He has three more top-20s as well as a T-6th last week at the no-cut WGC-FedEx St. Jude. He closed in 66 to climb 11 spots up the leaderboard. Schauffele fired rounds of par or better all four days.
The X Man ranked first in the field in Memphis in strokes gained around the green (6.291 total). Scrambling is always needed at the majors. He was seventh in SG off the tee, but needs to get his irons dialed in for TPC Harding Park.
For the season, Schauffele ranks sixth on the PGA Tour in SG off the tee (1.362) and is in the positive in all SG categories. He’s also fifth in greens in regulation (72.02%) and should have better luck than most in holding firm greens.
This will be Schauffele’s debut at this course, but the La Jolla native will be in his home state of California.