Most PGA Tour players would take five consecutive top-20s at Muirfield Village. The fact that none of them are top-10s might be a little irksome for Xander Schauffele.
He just hasn’t quite been able to put together four good rounds here.
Schauffele had three great ones in 2020, but an opening 78 is tough to overcome. He bounced back for 69-72-70 to salvage T-13th.
His high water mark was T-11th (68-70-74-72) in 2021 even while he was experimenting with a wrist lock putting grip that did not yield great dividends. Schauffele took T-18th (70-73-73-70) last year.
In 2022, the X Man was fourth in the field in SG approach but outside the top 50 in putting.
This season on the PGA Tour, the former San Diego State Aztec leads in approach proximity from 150-175 yards (23’3”) and 25th from 175-200 (32’9”). Those are two of the most common approach ranges per Data Golf.
He’s got no holes in his statistical resume. Schauffele is top 50 in all SG categories.
He comes to Ohio off of a week of rest after a T-18th at the PGA Championship. Schauffele was 15th in the field in SG off-the-tee in his first tournament after making some adjustments to his driver’s shaft and hosel to help tighten up his dispersion pattern.
Schauffele owns six straight top-20s but is still looking for his first victory of the season. Getting it done at a venue like Muirfield Village that requires excellence in all facets would make sense for the well-rounded Schauffele.