The alliteration is unintentional, but we’re going from Scheffler to Schauffle here with the No. 8 pick.
A T-25th finish at The Northern Trust last week wasn’t anything spectacular on the surface. It stands out more when it’s his worst result in his last six starts.
The X Man has done all but win this season, picking up runner-ups in the fall in China and in January at Kapalua. He missed just one cut back in January and has been excellent since the PGA Tour picked back up in June.
I’ll quickly rattle off his results the last two months: T-3rd, T-64th, T-20th, T-14th, T-13th, T-6th, T-10th, T-25th. That’s consistency you love to see if you’re a DFS player. Backers of him to win are pulling their hair out.
It’s not like Schauffele can’t ever get it done on Sunday. He won in the FedEx Cup Playoffs at the 2017 Tour Championship and also beat tough fields at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Tournament of Champions.
Basically, if the tournament has “champions” somewhere in the name, Schauffele has a good chance of winning.
The San Diego State alum doesn’t have a weak club in the bag. He’s 57th or better in each strokes gained category, including fifth tee to green (1.379 per round). Even some elite players are outside the top 100 in at least one category.
Schauffele is also seventh in SG off the tee (.698), combining power and accuracy very well. That should allow him to be aggressive in spots despite Olympia Fields tree lining and rough.
A good week here in Illinois could set the table for a run at the $15 million at East Lake.