Xander Schauffele continues to be a money-making machine weekly on the PGA Tour. He didn’t grab the headlines finishing T-24th at last week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship, but Schauffele still collected a cool $158,285. He’s in position to make a run at the FedEx Cup with a win or high finish this week to set up for East Lake.
Schauffele is playing Olympia Fields for the second time. He took T-25th (73-70-74-69) here at the 2020 BMW Championship. There was no truly awful round out of the four given the tough conditions, but he was unable to string together birdies until it was too late.
The 29-year-old ranks first on the PGA Tour in consecutive cuts made at 30. That isn’t a factor in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but it at least embodies the high level of consistency that makes Schauffele a fan favorite in DFS.
The former San Diego State Aztec ranks sixth in total strokes gained per round (1.877) and is fifth in SG approach (.826). Schauffele leads in approach proximity from 150-175 yards (23’7”).
He’s gaining strokes in every SG category and is fourth in scoring average (69.252).
There’s not too much to say this week about the impressive, but relatively unassuming, play of Schauffele.
It’s hard to peg him to win given it’s been since July 2022 when he last prevailed at the Genesis Scottish Open, but it’s easy to see him holding up well at a difficult venue. Some athleticism can help Schauffele hold up out of the thick rough.
Also given the heat wave that struck Memphis last week, I see his youth helping him turn around and play another high stakes event this week.
Schauffele also rested four of the six weeks leading up to the St. Jude, so he should be primed for the stretch run.