As of Oct. 12, Xander Schauffele was No. 2 in the Sagarin men’s pro golf rankings, only behind Jon Rahm. This metric gives more weight to recent events and head-to-head victories than the Official World Golf Rankings, which has him eighth.
It’s been over a year since he’s won an event. Not if you ask the OWGR. For their rankings at the Tour Championship, they chose to dole out points based on gross scores and not the PGA Tour’s contrived net leaderboard.
Schauffele had the low score at East Lake by three, and even four on winner, Dustin Johnson. DJ was No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, though, and used his lead to start the tournament to hang on for the win.
Regardless, it was another feather in the cap. The former San Diego State Aztec followed with solo fifth at the U.S. Open. That was his seventh top-10 in 13 major starts.
Schauffele owns a Tour-best streak of nine straight top-25s entering the CJ Cup. He’s also made 11 cuts in a row dating back to January, though that’s not a worry this week.
The 25-year-old Californian led the field in strokes gained around the green (1.434) at Winged Foot. Last season on the PGA Tour, Schauffele was 37th in that category (.225).
There’s no weakness in the bag for the man who was fifth last season in scoring average (69.227). Ball striking is his bread and butter as he was seventh in SG tee to green (1.239) and eighth off the tee (.648).
Look for the king of the limited field events to be a factor at Shadow Creek.