Xander Schauffele, First Rookie to Win Tour Championship
The Tour Championship closed out the FedEx Cup Playoffs with $34 million in purses and bonus’ given out Sunday afternoon at East Lake.
23-year-old Xander Schauffele shot four rounds under 70 and a one stroke lead going through the final five holes on Sunday. Justin Thomas was matching Schauffele shot for shot down the stretch but the rookie’s -12 beat Thomas by 1 stroke.
As the first rookie to win the PGA Championship, Schauffele now feels as though he belongs in the incredibly talented Tour card class of 2011.
“I’ve always been on the outside looking in,” the PGA Tour rookie conceded. “You’ve got Justin [Thomas], you’ve got Jordan [Spieth], you’ve got Daniel Berger, you’ve got Emiliano Grillo. It’s kind of weird being in their company.”