Xander Schauffele has the worst of his woes at hometown Torrey Pines behind him, but La Jolla’s native son would still like to get a win on property he so highly values.
The San Diego State alum has teed it up eight times at Torrey Pines as a pro. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open every year from 2016-18 and again in 2020 after T-25th in 2019.
Frustration had to be mounting after trunk slamming by one shot a couple years ago. Fortunately for Schauffele, he made it to the weekend and played well in 2021, closing in 68-69 to rise up to T-2nd.
He was five shots back of the lead, but it was a step in the right direction. Later that year at the U.S. Open, Schauffele posted 69-71-72-71 at the South course for T-7th.
The X Man took T-34th at last year’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Rounds of 68-72-69-72 (-7) usually get you in or near the top 10, but Schauffele couldn’t capitalize on benign conditions to contend. His 68 came on the North course.
In the three rounds recorded by ShotLink on the South course, Schauffele was pretty good off the tee ranking 15th in strokes gained (1.887) and 24th in SG putting (2.178).
Prior, Schauffele was on a streak of four straight top-10s dating back to the FedEx Cup Playoffs last summer.
After withdrawing from the Sentry Tournament of Champions a few weeks ago midway through the tournament with a back injury, Schauffele looked great in his return last week at The American Express. He fired four rounds in the 60s in Palm Springs and nearly vaulted outside the top 10 entering Sunday into a win.
Schauffele began the tournament with a 7-under 65 at La Quinta Country Club, posted 4-under 68 at the PGA West Nicklaus course, and played the weekend at PGA West Stadium in 4-under 68 and 62. He posted 31 on each side on Sunday and holed from 226 yards for albatross on the par-5 fifth hole.
He seemed to be in good spirits about how his health held up.
"“Great. No complaints,” Schauffele was transcribed by ASAP Sports. “Little soreness on a few of the days. But I would say I played more golf than I have in a while and in consecutive days and I felt better pretty much each day. So that’s a positive.”"