Xander Schauffele’s history at the Genesis Invitational resembles the type of consistency he carries across most PGA Tour venues.
He may not win or contend at the clip some would hope, but his floor as a player is quite high.
In six starts at Riviera Country Club, Schauffele has never finished worse than T-33rd. That result came last year where rounds of 69-74-70-68 resulted in his only result on property outside the top 15.
“Yeah, the course is so interesting. It's one of those places where the more you play it, the more comfortable you get,” Schauffele was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2021. “... I think patience is big out here. The greens are pure, you've just got to hit it in the right spots, leave yourself below the hole and that will give you the best chance to win.”
A point of concern is Schauffele’s withdrawal from last week’s WM Phoenix Open. There are no reports that it’s injury-related.
If only for rest, it’s hard to blame PGA Tour pros for needing a breather at some point during a stretch of golf on the West Coast swing filled with intriguing tournaments.
Phoenix was sandwiched in between Signature Events, so it makes the most sense for big names to eschew despite the tournament’s stature with fans.
Schauffele, a La Jolla, California, native has had time to get to the drawing board after a disappointing T-54th in his home state a couple weeks ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
It was an outlier compared to the rest of the X-Man’s starts. He took T-10th at The Sentry, T-3rd at The American Express, and T-9th in a home game at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.