Xander Schauffele on why he's finally succeeding at Colonial

Xander Schauffele on why he is finally succeeding at Colonial

FORT Really worth, Texas — Xander Schauffele entered this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge obtaining played the event a few occasions, spanning 8 rounds, two missed cuts and only a person score in the 60s.

He’ll tee it up in Sunday’s ultimate spherical with a a person-shot guide at 13-less than par after having shot two 66s and a 65 this 7 days at Colonial.

What offers?

“Playing it extra will make me extra comfortable, certainly, so that assists,’’ Shauffele said Saturday. “But I consider in decades prior it was a lot windier and I did not engage in the greens as excellent. It’s just a ease and comfort element. My caddie has gotten better, as properly, in terms of picking strains and undertaking his job. So, I believe collectively we’ve carried out a better occupation preparing for this 7 days.’’

Schauffele, who has four occupation PGA Tour victories, will have to stave off some big names on Sunday if he’s likely to gain a fifth.

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Reigning U.S. Open up champion Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa and Branden Grace are all one particular shot back again at 12-underneath.

Harold Varner III and Daniel Berger are two shots back at 11-below.

And No. 1 ranked Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Abraham Ancer and Corey Connors are just a few back at 10-beneath.

Which is a lot of firepower nipping at Schauffele’s heels.

Requested if, with the stout area, this feels like a key championship, Schauffele stated, “I assume the followers kind of make majors, as nicely, so not getting any out in this article is a little bit difficult. But you seem at the names on the leaderboard, it’s type of what I envisioned, just everyone coming out of quarantine preferred to play, and I believe the subsequent 3 weeks that will truly exhibit.’’

He said Sunday, with no supporters, could experience like an newbie party.

“I feel it’ll sense almost like beginner golfing or junior golf wherever we all want to get,’’ Schauffele stated. “We all want to contend, and we’re all super competitive. When we ended up younger and taking part in in university or above the summer months an novice program, it was silent. There weren’t any followers out, and we all were form of likely head-to-head, and anyone wished it just as considerably as the upcoming guy in line.

“I type of truly feel like it may possibly kind of feel like that [Sunday] in which coming down the stretch if you are in the hunt, it’ll be genuinely peaceful and everybody is going to be minding their very own company.’’