You could argue Xander Schauffele is the best player without a win in 2020. He just keeps churning out top-10s, with another coming in his last start at the Tour Championship.
It’s not like he can’t get it done on Sunday. The X Man has won at the Greenbrier, Tour Championship and Tournament of Champions.
Schauffele knows how to bring his game to the majors, too. Six top-10s and just one missed cut in 12 career starts speaks volumes.
His last outing at the PGA Championship had him among plenty of names in the mix for the Wanamaker Trophy. He settled for T-10th.
While I mentioned that the former San Diego State Aztec is winless in 2020, he did post the low gross score, recognized by the Official World Golf Rankings, at the Tour Championship a couple weeks ago and took solo second in the PGA Tour-recognized net competition.
However you slice it, it was his eighth straight top-25 and third top-10 in that span. He’s made his last 10 cuts dating back to January.
Schauffele does a lot of damage off the tee (8th, .648 strokes gained) but doesn’t leak oil close to the greens. He’s 37th or better in all strokes gained categories, including on approach (.366) and around the green (.225).
Schauffele is also 10th in greens in regulation (70.87%). That can be an overrated stat at times, but it’s a worthy one at a tough U.S. Open layout like Winged Foot.
The 26 year old will have plenty of chances to win a major, but the time is ripe for him to do it here in New York.