Schauffele was the 36-hole leader last week at the CJ Cup, led for much of Sunday thanks to a front nine 32 and had a chance to win on the 72nd hole. Jason Kokrak edged him out and handed Schauffele his fourth second-place finish since his last win in January 2019 at the Tournament of Champions.
Schauffele posted rounds of 66-64-74-66.
“Yeah, I think the biggest takeaway for me is this is the first time after two rounds of golf I had a three-shot lead,” Schauffele was quoted Sunday by Tee Scripts. “Obviously I showed it, showed a rookie move there shooting 74 on Saturday, on moving day. But I think for me personally, just to know that my really good golf is that good, it will get me a three-, four-shot lead out here, it’s nice to know that I do have it in me to do it and hopefully I learn next time and I can create an opportunity.”
Schauffele was also in the unique position of having to wait on nearly every shot. Jason Day dropped out of the group early in the round due to a neck injury, leaving Schauffele and eventual champion Jason Kokrak to play behind threesomes all day.
Schauffele ranked top 20 in all strokes gained categories, including third in putting (1.67 per round) and fifth around the green (.987).
The former San Diego State Aztec can keep his head up knowing he just picked up his third straight top-five and 10th straight top-25. That’s remarkable consistency. The way the Official World Golf Rankings see it, he even has a win at the Tour Championship. No one posted a lower score, but the net leaderboard resulted in Schauffele finishing in T-2nd.
He’s going to wait a little longer to end the win drought, but I still recommend finding room for Schauffele in your DFS lineup.