The new Golf year has started well for Xander Schauffele and also a bit for the PGA of Germany, the umbrella Association of German professional golfer. The 25-year-old son of a German-French father and a Japanese-Taiwanese mother won on Sunday, with a furious final round of 62 strokes (11 under Par) in the first tournament of the us PGA Tour in the new year, the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Alexander Victor “Xander” Schauffele is conducted in all of the tournaments, as an American, but the San Diego-born Pro has also a German passport. He was two years ago at the instigation of his father, a member of the PGA of Germany and led in the past few years, the ranking of this Association. Schauffele speaks only a few words of English, was never in Germany, but at least he has learned laboriously, his name correctly German pronounce.
“Schoffelee”, as the Americans call him, won Sunday’s $ 1.3 million, the reward for the victory in an elite field. Because the Sentry Tournament of Champions winner on the PGA Tour from the year 2018. To the Englishman Justin Rose, who succeeded him in spite of his tournament break again the Americans Brooks Koepka at the top of the world ranking, and the Americans Tiger Woods, had accepted all the Stars of the invitation to the Pacific Islands. In a total of 33 professionals with strong field Schauffele won thanks to setting the course record with a one-shot lead ahead of the American Gary Woodland, who also failed for the fifth Time to bring the lead after 54 holes home. In contrast, the California native Schauffele demonstrated for the fourth Time, that he Comebacks.
a false start as the catalyst
As with his three previous Victories in the last 18 months on the PGA Tour, he was gone this time, with a residue in the final round, on Sunday, there were even five strokes, which were growing due to a bogey on the first hole to six, before the Woodland began his round. But the false start seemed like a catalyst. “You look around and realize that you have nothing to lose,” said Schauffele. With his fourth victory, he moved up in the world rankings to sixth place and still feels as an Underdog. “It may sound funny, but until one has achieved the first place, chases the other still. Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka continued with their brilliant season results the bar very high for me.“
Justin Thomas finished after a final round of 65 strokes in the third place, DeChambeau came out on rank seven. Koepka, the reigning US Open and PGA Champion, ended up on rank 24 and so far removed from the eighth place that would have given him another week at the top of the pecking order. Many of the Stars will meet in three weeks at the farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego, again, probably will start Tiger Woods and his season. For Schauffele, it goes on the public places of Torrey Pines, to clear, at last, a flaw. Three times he took part in the tournament on the courts where he learned the game, three times he missed the Cut.