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US Golfers Eyeing Olympics 2024: End of Qualification Period

As the qualification period for the 2024 Olympics concludes, four US men’s golfers have secured their spots in Paris. Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark, and Collin Morikawa will represent the United States at the Games.

Scheffler and Schauffele Lead the Team At The Olympics 2024

Scottie Scheffler, ranked first in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), has had a stellar season, including wins at The Players Championship, The Masters, and The Memorial Tournament. Despite a challenging performance at the US Open, Scheffler’s consistent excellence throughout the year ensured his top spot.

Xander Schauffele, currently third in the OWGR, has also had a strong season. He won his first major at the PGA Championship and has consistently finished in the top ten. Schauffele’s experience and previous gold medal win at the 2021 Olympics make him a formidable contender for Paris 2024.

Clark and Morikawa Secure Final Spots

Wyndham Clark, ranked fifth in the OWGR, clinched his spot with strong performances earlier in the season, including a win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Despite recent inconsistencies, Clark’s high ranking secured his place on the team.

Collin Morikawa, ranked seventh, rounds out the US team. Morikawa’s accuracy and recent top finishes, including a third place at the Masters, have bolstered his ranking. His consistent play and strategic approach make him a valuable asset for the US team.

DeChambeau Misses Out Due to LIV Golf Participation

Bryson DeChambeau, despite a recent US Open 2024 win, did not qualify for the Olympics due to his participation in LIV Golf events, which do not contribute to OWGR points. This exclusion has left him frustrated, but the rules of Olympic qualification are clear, prioritizing OWGR standings.

Conclusion of the Qualification Process

The Olympic Golf Ranking (OGR) determines qualification, aligning closely with the OWGR. The top 15 golfers in the OGR automatically qualify, with a maximum of four per country. The men’s qualification period ended on June 17, 2024, confirming the final roster.

The qualification criteria for the Olympic Golf Tournament. (Photo: IGF)
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US Open 2024 Tee Times: Rory McIlroy Alongside Patrick Cantlay

Before the final day of the US Open 2024, Bryson DeChambeau was able to extend his lead to three strokes with a strong Moving Day performance. The American will tee off in the last group with his playing partner Matthieu Pavon. The Frenchman is at a total of -4 and shares second place with Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay, who will start their round together in the second-to-last group of the day at 8:10 PM.

Tee Times US Open 2024 Round X

Tee Teetime Player 1 Player 2
1 7:30 am Seonghyeon Kim Gunnar Broin (a)
1 7:41 am Matthew Fitzpatrick Jackson Suber
1 7:52 am Brandon Wu Austin Eckroat
1 8:3 am Francesco Molinari Ben Kohles
1 8:14 am Dean Burmester Ryan Fox
1 8:25 am Sepp Straka Martin Kaymer
1 8:36 am Greyson Sigg Cameron Young
1 8:47 am Nico Echavarria Brendon Todd
1 8:58 am Justin Lower Sam Bennett
1 9:9 am Adam Scott Brian Campbell
1 9:25 am Matt Kuchar Frankie Capan III
1 9:36 am Adam Svensson Harris English
1 9:47 am Jordan Spieth Si Woo Kim
1 9:58 am Max Greyserman Sahith Theegala
1 10:9 am Daniel Berger Keegan Bradley
1 10:20 am Scottie Scheffler Tom McKibbin
1 10:31 am Brooks Koepka Tim Widing
1 10:42 am Nicolai Højgaard Emiliano Grillo
1 10:53 am Isaiah Salinda Christiaan Bezuidenhout
1 11:4 am Cameron Smith Wyndham Clark
1 11:15 am J.T. Poston Tommy Fleetwood
1 11:31 am Shane Lowry Zac Blair
1 11:42 am Billy Horschel Chris Kirk
1 11:53 am Denny McCarthy Min Woo Lee
1 12:4 pm Neal Shipley (a) Luke Clanton (a)
1 12:15 pm Sam Burns Stephan Jaeger
1 12:26 pm Brian Harman Mark Hubbard
1 12:37 pm David Puig Thomas Detry
1 12:48 pm Akshay Bhatia Russell Henley
1 12:59 pm Davis Thompson Xander Schauffele
1 1:10 pm Sergio Garcia Taylor Pendrith
1 1:26 pm Aaron Rai Tom Kim
1 1:37 pm Corey Conners Collin Morikawa
1 1:48 pm Tony Finau Tyrrell Hatton
1 1:59 pm Ludvig Åberg Hideki Matsuyama
1 2:10 pm Patrick Cantlay Rory McIlroy
1 2:21 pm Matthieu Pavon Bryson DeChambeau
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Xander Schauffele: Looking Ahead to the US Open Golf 2024 and His Past Performances

Xander Schauffele, a name synonymous with consistency and excellence in the world of golf, has steadily cemented his place among the elite golfers globally. Born on October 25, 1993, in San Diego, California, Schauffele has developed a reputation for being one of the most reliable performers in major golf tournaments, particularly the US Open. As we look forward to the US Open Golf 2024, it’s worthwhile to delve into how Schauffele has fared in past editions of this prestigious event.

The US Open is known for its challenging courses and the ability to test the mettle of even the best golfers. Schauffele’s journey in this major tournament offers a fascinating narrative of near triumphs and consistent performances. Since making his US Open debut, Xander has shown a knack for rising to the occasion, frequently placing within the top ranks. This continuous string of commendable finishes has made him one of the most-watched players in the lead-up to the US Open Golf 2024.

Xander Schauffele’s US Open Golf Track Record

Xander Schauffele’s US Open record is a testimony to his resilience and skill. Accessing data from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and the PGA Tour site, we can trace his journey in the championship. Schauffele’s first notable performance came in 2017, where he tied for 5th place at Erin Hills. This result was a clear indicator of his potential to contend at the highest level.

In the subsequent years, Schauffele continued to exhibit his prowess on the challenging courses of the US Open. The 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills saw him tie for 6th place, further proving his consistency. The trend continued in 2019 at Pebble Beach, where he secured a tie for 3rd position. This particular performance underscored his capacity to be a serious contender at the US Open, even amidst the pressure and the grueling conditions synonymous with the tournament.

His 2020 campaign at Winged Foot and the 2021 edition at Torrey Pines reflected mixed outcomes; he tied for 5th place in 2020 but had a less stellar finish in his 2021 home course appearance. However, the pattern of securing top ten finishes has been a recurring theme for Schauffele, cementing his place as a perennial favorite.

The upcoming US Open Golf 2024 at Pinehurst No. 2 presents another opportunity for Schauffele to break through and claim his first major championship. This iconic course, with its famed challenges, will test every participant’s skill and mental fortitude. Still, Schauffele’s record and experience in such high-pressure environments position him as a serious contender.

As enthusiasts gear up for the US Open Golf 2024, all eyes will be on Xander Schauffele. His consistent performances in past years, coupled with his growth as a player and his first major win at the PGA Championship 2024, make him a compelling figure to watch. Whether he claims the elusive major title or not, one thing is certain – Schauffele’s journey through the US Open continues to captivate and inspire golf fans worldwide.

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WITB: Xander Schauffele’s Equipment for the PGA Championship 2024

It was a thrilling competition, but in the end Xander Schauffele won the 2024 PGA Championship under his own steam and with it his first major victory. With seven PGA Tour victories and six top five finishes in major tournaments, he was considered one of the best golfers without a major title – until now.

Xander Schauffele wins the 2024 PGA Championship

Even though it’s been two years since his last victory, it was his mental assertiveness that carried Xander Schauffele all the way to his major win. Especially with Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland breathing down his neck, the 30-year-old was aware that he had to play his game patiently. Even though he did not reach his target of 22 under par, 21 under par was enough for him to win and set the all-time record for the lowest major score. He relied mainly on Callaway for this performance.

WITB Xander Schauffele – The Equipment for the PGA Championship 2024

In his bag he has the latest Paradym AI Smoke Driver in the Triple Diamond edition. This has a neutral to fade-orientated clubface, which is aimed particularly at low handicappers and tour pros. It offers good handling from the tee, which should ensure a high ball launch and low spin. Schauffele also uses the same Triple Diamond model among the fairway woods for golfers with a higher swing speed who are looking for precise ball control and a penetrating, low-spin ball flight. A Callaway Apex Utility Wood bridges the gap to the Callaway Apex TCB irons. In doing so, he seems to favour the 21′ version of the UW over the newer 2023 version. In addition to a Callaway JAWS Raw (52°), Schauffele complements his bag with Vokey SM 10 wedges (56°, 60°) from Titleist. His Odyssey Las Vegas putter is a prototype.

Xander Schauffele’s Bag

Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees @10.1)
 Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (15 degrees)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21 degrees)

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway JAWS Raw (52 degrees)

Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Odyssey Las Vegas prototype

Ball: Callaway Chrome Tour

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PGA Championship 2024 – Xander Schauffele: “I need to earn this”

Xander Schauffele won his first major championship at the PGA Championship 2024. The victory didn’t come easy with a close battle at the top until the last hole. After his round, Schauffele talked about his mindset during his final round but also in the prior to this tournament, with the pressure of being one of the best golfers without a major title.

Xander Schauffele talks about his win at the PGA Championship 2024

THE MODERATOR: 2024 PGA champion Xander Schauffele is with us now. Xander, first of all, congratulations. How does it feel to hoist your first Wanamaker Trophy?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It feels amazing. Just a wide range of emotions for me. Very satisfying win. I really can’t wait to get back and celebrate with my team.

Q. You said this week that not winning makes you want to win more. How determined were you to become a major champion?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I mean, I’ve become very patient not knocking off any wins in the last couple years. The people closest to me know how stubborn I can be. Winning, I said it earlier, is a result. This is awesome. It’s super sweet. But when I break it down, I’m really proud of how I handled certain moments on the course today, different from the past.

Q. How tough was it with that battle with Bryson already posting 20-under?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I mean, I assumed — my goal was to get to 22 today. I told Austin when we turned, if I could get to 22, I think someone is going to have to beat me.

I really did not want to go into a playoff with Bryson. Going up 18 with his length, it’s not something that I was going to have a whole lot of fun with.

I was able to capture that moment there, getting up-and-down on 17 was really big, and then that chip there on 18 was big for me, as well. I just kept telling myself I need to earn this, earn this and be in the moment, and I was able to do that.

Xander Schauffele: “If you want to be a major champion, this is the kind of stuff you have to deal with”

Q. What were your emotions like when that putt was on its way on 18?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I was pretty nervous. I walked up, I saw a little left to right. I kept reading it, kept kind of panning. Started to look right to left to me and I thought, oh, my gosh, this is not what I want for a winning putt. Fortunately, it was uphill, it was six feet-ish. I ended up playing it straight. It did go left, caught the left side. Just so much relief. When it lipped in — I don’t really remember it lipping in, I just heard everyone roaring and I just looked up to the sky in relief.

Q. Can you walk us through your second shot on 18, including what you thought when you saw where it finally finished.

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, 17 and 18 were kind of weird for me. 16, I hit a really good drive, had mud on the right side of my ball. Had an 8-iron in, wasn’t able to be super aggressive just because of the mud there. Kind of hung it out to the right. Mud didn’t affect it.

17, I just didn’t hit it high enough. I hit it hard enough, just not high enough, and it kind of hit the lip in the bunker there, wasn’t a great lie. So really happy with that.

18, I just kept telling myself, man, someone out there is making me earn this right now. I just kept grinding. I get up there and just kind of chuckled. I was like, if you want to be a major champion, this is the kind of stuff you have to deal with. So I dealt with it, and happily was able to push that thing up. My only concern was sort of shanking it from more of a baseball swing.

Q. Your major record before you got here from the outside always looked deeply impressive. Did you look at it that way, or were you more apt to look at it as lacking?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t think I’d ever look at it as lacking. I looked at it as someone that is trying really hard and needs more experience. All those close calls for me, even last week, that sort of feeling, it gets to you at some point. It just makes this even sweeter. I told Todd Lewis, he asked me how I felt about the week, I said, it’ll make my next win even sweeter. I know it’s a major, but just winning in general this is as sweet as it gets for me.

Q. You’ve had the narrative thrown at you for at least the last few months, maybe the year. I know you said it wasn’t bothering you, but let’s be honest now; how annoying was it to hear from us over and over again, when is it going to come, and how did you use that as fuel?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Definitely a chip on the shoulder there. It just is what it is at the end of the day. You guys are asking the questions, probing, and I have to sit here and answer it. It’s a lot easier to answer it with this thing sitting next to me now, obviously.

It’s just fuel, fuel to my fire. It always has been growing up, and it certainly was leading up to this.

Q. You always, at the beginning of your career, fed off the underdog status. You almost had a lull when you became elite somewhat winning. How did you get back to believing the underdog again?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I referred to it earlier. All of us are climbing this massive mountain. At the top of the mountain is Scottie Scheffler. I won this today, but I’m still not that close to Scottie Scheffler in the big scheme of things.

I got one good hook up there in the mountain up on that cliff, and I’m still climbing. I might have a beer up there on that side of the hill there and enjoy this, but it’s not that hard to chase when someone is so far ahead of you.

“I believe in positive self-talk”

Q. I know as an athlete you always have to believe in yourself and believe that you’re going to win, but was there ever a moment that you maybe doubted that this major championship win would come when you look at all the great players out there who don’t have major titles?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I believe in positive self-talk. I will tell myself, I’ll speak to myself. I just kept doing it. When you believe something enough, it’ll happen.

I never really — it starts to wear on you, I’d say, and that’s kind of what I told Austin. I really want to make sure I make the right decisions. I don’t want to get impatient. I believed in what I can do, and this is just fruits of it.

Q. How key was it for you to post those back-to-back birdies after the lone bogey that you had on 10?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, it’s not like — I’ve made a stupid bogey before and I’ve hit a really good shot after that. Today I finally made those putts. I finally had enough pace or it lipped in or whatever you want to call it, it was my moment, and I was able to capitalize on some good iron shots coming in.

In those moments, you can kind of feel it, and in the past when I didn’t do it, it just wasn’t there, and today I could feel that it was there.

Q. Following up on that, what did you tell yourself after the 10th? And when you got up to the 11th green I believe Viktor had pulled even at the top and there was a scoreboard —

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I was looking at it. Typically — someone me like has pretty much tried everything, to be completely honest, that hasn’t won in two years. You try not to look at the leaderboards until the back nine, you try not to look at them early, you try not to look at them at all.

Today I looked at them. I looked at them all day. I really wanted to feel everything. I wanted to address everything that I was feeling in the moment.

I thought I had the lead, so I when looked up at the board I was like, oof, I saw Hovie was at 19, so I was back into chasing mode, and I knew that putt was really big in the tournament.

Q. What were the moments that you felt today you handled differently?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I mean, I didn’t get frustrated. On the first hole I just kept telling myself, just be calm, be patient, put a good stroke on this one. That went in.

On 3, I thought I hit a good putt, it looked like it kind of bounced to the right in some sort of mark that I didn’t see, that I didn’t fix, and it lipped out.

Made that good putt on 4. Missed that one on 3.

Then on 5, I left that short.

I just kept telling myself that — just weather the storm.

I knew that birdies had to be made, so there was some sort of aggression that I knew coming into today. It wasn’t like a tournament round where I could kind of sit back and shoot 2- or 3-under. It just wasn’t going to be enough. I knew that I needed to have some pace on my putts, some more aggressive lines coming into pins.

That putt on 5 — sorry, 6 was big for me. That par putt was big.

“I’ve done enough work, I’m good enough”

Q. When people would call you the best player never to win a major, how did you view that statement?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It’s just noise. That’s what I think. I thought I was. Not that people saying it made me think that. I just felt like I’ve done enough work, I’m good enough to do it. I just needed to shut my mind up and actually do it.

Q. Was there a moment where you felt the magnitude of the tournament? Was there a certain point in the round where you felt like, all right, this is big, this is a major, this is do-or-die time?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: On 6, I felt like 6 to 7 was a really big stretch for me. I saw a bunch of guys putting that thing in the morning. There was mud on my ball. It was like into the grain, it was uphill. I saw DJ actually in coverage putt it up to two feet, and I was like, oh, that doesn’t look that bad. Then I bobbled my putt up the hill and it started bouncing early, and with the Zoysia it’s pretty dangerous to do that. I really calmed myself. I just said, greens are a little bit bumpy, just put a good stroke on it, and the rest is history. I was able to roll that one in, which was really big.

Then that putt on 7, too, and that sort of calmed me a little bit.

Then I was actually pretty calm when I made that putt on 9.

Then 10 I was a little greedy trying to hit that shot. I’d say that early stretch for me was really big.

Q. You talked about wanting to celebrate and looking forward to celebrating with everyone who was here. They were obviously super excited for the win. Can you tell us who is here and how influential or great have they been for your life and your golf?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah. My uncle is my agent. He’s been with me from the beginning of the year. My brother cooks for me. He’s not a professional cook, but he can make some tasty food, so he’s been willing to help me. Hopefully, he stays out with me a little bit longer. He just got engaged.

My wife, she’s sort of the rock in my life. She’s constant for me. My two dogs. I had an old buddy and his girlfriend travel down from New York. I think you saw probably Max’s caddie Joe was there. He’s really close with Austin. I’m good buddies with Joe, and Dave, Taylor Moore’s caddie, as well. Those are the people that I saw coming off the green, and then Chris was there, as well. He kind of hung around and was here for it, which was awesome.

Q. Your dad has been such a part of this journey. Is it a little bit odd to not have him here in the biggest win, and how much is he in your head as you’re battling today?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, he was. He crept into my mind yesterday during an interview. I just said, I’m going to have to sneak back to that, commit, execute, accept. That’s something that he’s engrained in me since I was about nine years old. I was actually able to call him when I was standing, waiting to walk onto the 18th green. He was a mess. He was crying on the phone. It made me pretty emotional. I told him I had to hang up because I had to walk down. I couldn’t show up looking like the way I was.

Yeah, my parents have — they’re not here this week, but they know how important they are to me. My dad, his goal — he’s been my swing coach and my mentor my entire life, and his goal really was to — just like any good dad would want, just to set your kid up for a successful future. He really meant that. He was like, what capacity am I going to help you this week. He sent me positive texts throughout the week, all week, even last week, as well.

Now that I’m working with Chris, he feels like he can kind of take his hands off the wheel. He trusts him a lot, I trust him a lot.

My dad is at that stage in his life, I really want him to be happy, and I know this is going to bring him a ton of joy where he’s at in Hawai’i right now.

Q. You had a wonderful career, and I wonder, as you reflect back on the back few years, what do you feel has been the biggest hurdle to overcome to get to this point, to this magnificent moment in your life and career?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I mean, I’m a big believer of getting the right foundation, the right people around you, having a good team around you. I believe that if you put in the hard work and you let yourself do what you think you can do, you’re going to have some fruits to the labor.

To be specific about it, I’m not really sure, to be honest. I’ve felt like I’ve been on this sort of trending path for quite some time. I really had to stay patient and keep the self-belief up, and I was able to do both those things.

Q. I know one of your sayings has been a steady drip breaks the stone. I imagine this is what it looks like —

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: That’s actually what my dad texted me last night. In German though. I had to ask him what the translation was.

Q. I imagine that’s just something that you guys have shared is his sayings over the years. Is that kind of true?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, yeah. There’s been some famous German philosophers, and my dad, he was a bit of a reader growing up. I’m sure that’s where he got a lot of them from. He’s definitely put them in my brain.

Q. Does it add anything to this victory that you just posted the lowest 72-hole score in the history of a major championship, or you wouldn’t care whatever the winning score was?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I mean, it’s just the weather that came through. Valhalla is a big property, and the weather really — and the fog and all those things. If every day was like today, I think the greens would have been firmer, the fairways would have been firmer, it would have been harder to hit them, they would have been rolling off into the rough. Just had to take what the course was going to give me. Just getting to 21 just had to be done, and for it to be a part of history is obviously pretty cool.

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Xander Schauffele Wins First Major at PGA Championship 2024

Xander Schauffele wins his first major title at the 2024 PGA Championship 2024. The 30-year-old withstood all attacks and defended his lead against the closely bunched chasing pack. Bryson DeChambeau finished one shot behind in second place, while Viktor Hovland, who was also a long-time candidate for victory, finished third.
View final result of the PGA Championship 2024
The PGA Championship leaderboard couldn’t have been tighter before the start of the final round of the PGA Championship. The top ten were within four strokes of each other, but Schauffele had been the hunted since the first day. And so the Tokyo Olympic champion also managed to fend off his opponents on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, USA. Even though he had to make a birdie on the last hole to avoid a play-off against Bryson DeChambeau. The 30-year-old Texan had set the best mark at 20 under par and then waited on the driving range to see whether Schauffele would beat his score.

Xander Schauffele Wins First Major Championship at PGA Championship 2024

Schauffele made things tense. His tee shot on the last hole landed just outside a fairway bunker. Even though the par-5 18th was the easiest hole in the tournament and almost a must-win birdie, Schauffele’s stance in the bunker with the ball clearly above his feet was anything but promising. In the style of a champion, he took a risk and mastered the approach to the right side in front of the green. The chip to two metres from the flag was enough to sink the ball with the decisive putt. With 21 under par, Schauffele wins his first major title.

PGA Championship 2024: Xander Schauffele Interview

Amanda Balionis: Xander, we always knew the ability was there. What did it take to turn that ability into a record-setting major championship-winning performance?

Xander Schauffele: Yeah, I was actually kind of emotional after the putt lipped in. It’s been a while since I’ve won, and I really just — I kept saying it all week, I just need to stay in my lane. Man, was it hard to stay in my lane today, but I tried all day to just keep focus on what I’m trying to do and keep every hole ahead of me. Had some weird kind of breaks coming into the house, but it’s all good now.

Amanda Balionis: It’s never easy. You used words this week to describe your mental state as resilient, as patient. What words would you use to describe that final stretch to get across the finish line?

Xander Schauffele: Yeah, I mean, I think I’d probably be a little bit less of a patient person if that putt didn’t lip in, but I really didn’t want to go into a playoff against Bryson. I’m assuming we probably would have played 18. It would have been a lot of work. I just told myself, this is my opportunity, and just capture it.

Amanda Balionis: Your family is never far away. I know having them close by and their support through wins and losses is everything to you. What is it like to have them with you celebrating in maybe the biggest moment of your career?

Xander Schauffele: Yeah, actually my mom is back at home in San Diego and my dad is currently in Hawai’i and I was able to call him. I had to hang up pretty quickly because he started to make me cry. He was sitting on the phone bawling.

It means so much to have my wife, my brother here. I’ve got close friends, as well, that came down from New York. They make me feel very special, and I’m just happy to win this one for my team.

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Watch: Highlights from Round 1 of the PGA Championship 2024

The PGA Championship, the second major of the 2024 season, concluded the first round at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Xander Schauffele from the USA secured the top position with a total score of 62, finishing the round with a remarkable daily score of 9 under par and a new course record. Sharing the second position are Tony Finau, Sahith Theegala, and Mark Hubbard, all from the USA, each with a score of 65 and 6 under par. Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, Robert MacIntyre from Scotland, Tom Hoge from the USA, Tom Kim from South Korea, Thomas Detry from Belgium, Collin Morikawa from the USA, and Maverick McNealy from the USA all tied for the fifth position, each with a total score of 66.

The video compilation captures the PGA Championship Highlights of today’s first round, showcasing key moments and impressive performances. These PGA Championship Highlights offer a comprehensive overview of the tournament’s concluding twists and turns, emphasizing the skill and resilience displayed by the participants throughout the competition.

Stay tuned for more updates and detailed coverage as the PGA Championship continues to unfold, bringing you the latest news and highlights from the world of professional golf.

PGA Championship: Round 1 Highlights

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Xander Schauffele Opens PGA Championship 2024 with Recordbreaking 62

Xander Schauffele took the early lead of the PGA Championship 2024 with a recordbreaking round of 62 shots. It was the lowest round in PGA Championship history and a new course record at the Valhalla Golf Club. Additionally it ties the record for the lowest major championship round. It is the fourth time a player shot 62 in a major championship, one of the previous instances was by Xander Schauffele himself who also opened the US Open 2023 in Los Angeles with a 62.

Xander Schauffele on his 62 at the PGA Championship

THE MODERATOR: Xander Schauffele joins us now at the 106th PGA Championship.

Xander, a heck of a start for you today. What are your thoughts on your round?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, it’s a great start to a big tournament. One I’m obviously always going to take. It’s just Thursday. That’s about it.

Q. Do you feel like you’re playing the best golf of your career right now?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Probably, yeah. I feel there’s spurts, moments in time where you feel like you can control the ball really well; you’re seeing the greens really well; you’re chipping really well. But over a prolonged period, it’s tough to upkeep high performance.

Yeah, I’d say it’s very close to it if not it.

Q. JT was saying that you’re hitting it so much further. How much of an advantage has that given you on golf courses this year?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, definitely a big advantage. I felt like out here, you’re just eyeing the fairway most times. It doesn’t really matter if you fly a ball 325 yards. If it’s in the rough, it doesn’t do you any good. You’d rather be 300 yards in the middle of the fairway.

But I think overall, just knowing that I can kind of get the ball out there pretty far without having to go at it all the time is a pretty good feeling.

Q. Mentally speaking after a round like this, do you take tomorrow and wipe the slate clean, or do you use this as something to build on tomorrow, knowing what you’ve already done today?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: A little bit of both. Teeing off 2:00-something tomorrow, the course is going to be — the greens will be probably a little bit bumpier with a lot of foot traffic coming through. Who knows with the weather, it might rain, so the course might be playing completely different.

Just going to bed knowing I’m playing some pretty good golf might just wipe the slate clean.

Q. Do you know the last person to shoot 62 in a major?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Did I get it in before Rickie?

Q. You were after him, the last one. Which round would you say was better if you compare those two days?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t know. I can’t nit-pick. I’ll take a 62 in any major any day.

Q. When you think back on this round, what’s the shot or the putt that you’re going to remember the most?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Probably 12, the hole I played the worst. Kind of pull drew a 3-wood there. I asked Austin how far we had to the pin. He was like 225 out of the rough. I thought, this is going to be a pretty tough par.

So I kind of hacked it up there, and then pitched it up somewhere on the green to 15 feet and was able to make that putt early in the round, which was really big for me.

Q. We’ve talked before about the difference between not winning and, quote-unquote, failure. Obviously this game is the way it is. You don’t win most of the time. How do you cultivate resilience, and how do you hang tight to that resilience that you need?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I think not winning makes you want to win more, as weird as that is. For me, at least, I react to it, and I want it more and more and more, and it makes me want to work harder and harder and harder.

The top feels far away, and I feel like I have a lot of work to do. But just slowly chipping away at it.

Q. I’m curious if you feel like you could have shot any better than 62 today.

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t really operate that way. In terms of wanting to go practice right now, there’s always shots you can kind of pick apart or chips that you can pick apart that you felt like you could have hit better, but I’m very content with how I played.

Q. At what point in the round did you know that you were going to post a pretty low number? Was it early?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: No, not really. I didn’t get up-and-down on 10. I was able to birdie 11 and had a sweaty par on 12. It wasn’t like a dream start. Being 1-under through 3 probably would have been a good start for me anyways, and when you shoot something low, you kind of get lost in the process of what you’re doing versus thinking about how low you’re trying to shoot.

PGA Tour

Viktor Hovland and Xander Schauffele withdraw from WM Phoenix Open

Viktor Hovland, the fourth-ranked player in the World Golf Ranking, and fifth-ranked Xander Schauffele have both withdrawn from the WM Phoenix Open, which takes place in the American state of Arizona starting Thursday. Despite their absence, the prestigious tournament still boasts a prominent field of players.

PGA Tour: Viktor Hovland and Xander Schauffele unexpectedly withdraw

According to the PGA Tour, both players will not be part of the field at the WM Phoenix Open this weekend. Viktor Hovland’s decision not to participate has fueled speculation about a potential switch to the LIV Golf League. Although Viktor Hovland has previously questioned the leadership of the PGA Tour, he also emphasized in December that a move to the LIV Golf League is highly unlikely.

After participating in The Sentry at the beginning of January, Hovland’s appearance at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was only his second tournament of the year. The Norwegian finished tied for 58th place there. He had a solid start in the first round but followed it with two 72s before the tournament was cut short to 54 holes. It wouldn’t be the first time he withdraws after a disappointing tournament

Xander Schauffele finished 54th at Pebble Beach, one shot better than Hovland. The two players will be replaced by Victor Perez and Alexander Bjoerk, while Ryan Fox will compensate for another withdrawal by Davis Riley.

Strong field despite withdrawals

The WM Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale. Despite the absence of Viktor Hovland and Xander Schauffele, several other top-10 players from the World Golf Ranking, including Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Brian Harman, will participate in the tournament. Other prominent names include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, and Rickie Fowler, as well as former major winners Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott.


World Golf Ranking: Scottie Scheffler Ends the Year at the Top

Scottie Scheffler remains firmly at the top of the current world golf ranking, solidifying his position as the highest-ranked American golfer. Scheffler’s consistent and stellar performances on the golf course have allowed him to clinch the top spot, underscoring his status as a dominant force in the sport. Accompanying him in the rankings, Patrick Cantlay secures his elite standing by holding onto the fifth position, showcasing the enduring excellence of American golfers.

Consistent Performances: Leading American Golfers in World Ranking

Among the leading American players, Xander Schauffele holds sixth place, closely followed by Max Homa in seventh. The players have maintained their positions from the previous week, placing them firmly in the top ten. Brian Harman and Wyndham Clark bring up the rear in ninth and tenth place, respectively, concluding the group of leading American talents in the World Golf Rankings.

Scottie Scheffler is followed in the world rankings in second and third place by Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jon Rahm of Spain. Further into the top ten is the steadfast fourth-place standing of Norway’s Viktor Hovland, indicative of a sustained level of performance and unchanged from the previous week. This consistency among the upper reaches of the rankings indicates a consistency in performances throughout the sport over the last couple of weeks. Focusing on the rest of the top ten, England’s Matt Fitzpatrick remains in eighth place. The presence of several nationalities in this segment of the world rankings highlights the global nature of competitive golf. Notably absent since the last ranking update is any change in the top ten, suggesting a temporary pause in the typically dynamic shifts towards the end of the year.

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