Monday, January 07, 2019

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Xander Schauffele became the first US PGA Tour champion of 2019 with a win at Kapalua. (Getty Images)

Teeing Off

The X-Factor

Xander Schauffele teed off on Sunday afternoon five shots behind leader Gary Woodland. He finished with a trophy, a course-record tying 11-under 62, TWO eagle hole-outs, a second win in as many starts and his fourth TOUR title overall. It was the largest final-round comeback in the history of the event in Kapalua.
 “All of my wins have been from behind. This was in sort of dramatic fashion and it turned into a birdie-fest coming down the stretch," said Schauffele of his Sunday charge.
His underdog mentality keeps him motivated, especially as a member of the high school class headlined by FedExCup champions Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
 “They keep putting that flag way out there for me to go and chase and I feel like that's what I've been doing."
Overlook him all you want, Xander's proven he has the game for the big stage.



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