To say that Xander Schauffele has played well at the Tour Championship would be quite an understatement. Can he do it again in 2020?
In just four years on the PGA Tour, Xander Schauffele has made quite an impression. He has played a total of 95 events on the tour in his career and has made the cut 76 times. He has 52 finishes in the top 25 and 23 in the top 10.
Included in those top 10s are four third-place finishes, six runner-ups and four wins. In 2017, he won at the Greenbrier Classic and at the Tour Championship. Then in 2019, Schauffele won at the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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While Schauffele has been good in nearly every situation on tour, he has been especially good in the Tour Championship. Just how good? In addition to winning the event in his first try in 2017, Schauffele tied for seventh in 2018 and was runner-up last season. The California native feels right at home in Atlanta.
Since the PGA Tour resumed play in June, Schauffele has been good, but not great. He did tie for third at the Charles Schwab Challenge, the first event of the tour’s restart. And he has not missed a cut (nine for nine) since the restart in June, either.
Schauffele tied for sixth at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in early August. He tied for 10th at the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.
In all this season, Schauffele has started 17 events and made 16 cuts. He has 15 top 25 finishes and six top 10s. He was runner-up at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November and tied for second at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.
So, here’s a player who has a strong track record at East Lake. He also has four career PGA Tour wins, although none of those have come this season. Therefore, this player is due to get that first victory of the season.
What Schauffele must overcome this week is the fact that he will begin the event seven shots behind FedEx Cup points leader Dustin Johnson and five shots behind Jon Rahm. Schauffele will actually start in a tie for 11th place as play gets underway.
These are 30 of the best players in the world, so any of them could put together a charge and win this week. But only a few are likely to make such a run. Count Schauffele as one of the latter, and look for him to make his way up the leaderboard at the Tour Championship all weekend long.