Xander the Great: Schauffele joins golf’s rising generation

Rex Christensen
January 9, 2019

That left him in joint-fourth position but eight shots behind the victor, Xander Schauffele, after the 25-year-old American covered his final 16 holes in 12-under-par to tie the course record with a closing 62 as he claimed a dramatic victory.

The 34-year-old provided the shot of the day on the par-five 15th when he banked a curving 64-foot putt off the flagstick for eagle and the outright lead, moments after McIlroy had pulled into a share with a birdie on 14.

The Northern Irishman had managed to play his way into the final pairing with overnight leader Gary Woodland, and would have been hoping to turn up the heat over the last 18 holes. In the group behind him, Woodland reached the front of the 15th green and watched his putt up the slope and into the grain drop for eagle, with the pin still in the hole. He holed a wedge from 107 yards for another eagle on No. 12. He closed with a 68.

Woodland was watching, and he answered with an approach to 12 feet for the second birdie of the day. He chose to wait in the trailer, listening to traffic over the radios, taking a second to realize that Woodland had missed his putt and it was over.

Xander Schauffele picked up his second title of the 2018-19 season with a brand new Callaway Epic Flash driver and Apex Pro 19 Irons, which were both only launched last week!

Before long, he had a lei around his neck and the trophy in his hands, along with one other perk.

Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs, New Zealand tour
Update: Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the upcoming ODI series against Australia and India's Tour of New Zealand. He has taken three five-wicket hauls in the period in eight matches to collect 47 wickets at an average of 18.04.

"I didn't do much leaderboard watching", said Schauffele, who started the best round of his career with a bogey.

Justin Thomas, the 2017 TOC champion, recorded his 11th top-three finish in his last 51 starts. That included a storming playoff victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in October. But he found no consolation in losing to a guy who shot 62 in the tougher of the two wind directions on the west end of Maui. "But, overall, it's been a positive week even though I wish I would have played a little better". "Someone like Tiger Woods wins 25 percent of his starts, so you take them when you can get them".

But he added: "I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today". "Definitely will have a little extra emotion with me, but we'll get through it".

Leishman finished tied-fourth in the US PGA Tour's year-opening Tournament of Champions at Kapalua resort in Hawaii today, never threatening to win but still managing his game well.

Rory McIlroy's latest final round reverse was a timely reminder of the X-factor that helped Padraig Harrington slay the demons that threatened to haunt him forever - implacable will.

Despite not playing in the event, Justin Rose reclaimed the world No 1 spot from Brooks Koepka after he ended up 24th in the 33-player field.

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