This time last year Xander Schauffele I was in tears.
Won the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour. The following week he won the JP McManus Pro-Am. He defeated Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler by five strokes, and new U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick by 17 strokes.
His solid play continued when Schauffele showed up at Renaissance Club for the Genesis Scottish Open. He won the tournament by one shot, and won the championship for the first time in 12 months for the fourth time.
“It was probably one of the best months of my career,” said Schauffele, who attended San Diego State University and exudes a calm Southern California vibe.
We’re back in Scotland this year when it’s a little cooler, but we’re still ranked No. 6 in the world. They haven’t won a game in the past year, but they’re still playing well.
The interview below has been edited and condensed.
You were doing great last year. what was that like?
I played for the Travelers and in between played really well for the JP McManus Pro-Am, winning Scotland. I had a really good frame of mind. I hit a lot of the shots I wanted to hit, and I was hitting putts as I wanted. I gave it my all, so I felt glad that I was able to win. It was the gentle feeling that comes with really good golf.
The victory at the River Highlands, one of the PGA Tour’s stadium courses, was inspired by how much dirt was moved to create the course, and how architect Tom Doak took a more minimalist approach to the land and environment. How do you think it will replace the Renaissance Club that you took? terrain?
The River Highlands transition from slow, breaky greens to faster, more nuanced greens. With Renaissance, you can be a little more relaxed and involved. river highlands [home to the Travelers] Including all contours. Only confidence can translate.
Let’s talk about scoring conditions. How do you adjust from a plus 2 at the US Open (when you win a minus 6) to a minus 19 at the Travelers and a minus 7 at the Scottish Open?
Will definitely consider it when heading to another green before the week starts. it’s the spirit. River He has to be patient in the Highlands because if he gets par in a row of 6 or 7 he knows other players are getting birdies. You have to complete the course every week. That matters. You have to persevere. Things don’t always go your way. When you par out overseas, you may feel sick. But then you realize that par wins.
You scored a record-tying 62 points in the opening round of this year’s US Open at the Los Angeles Country Club, and 70 the next day. Every golfer has done the equivalent. how was that for you?
62 goals for that club was definitely unexpected. It was the setup. There were many low scores throughout the two rounds.Ricky [Fowler] And my doing it early on made people feel like it was out there. The most memorable round came on Sunday when Tommy Fleetwood scored a 63. I had a great start, but not every round was the same. Didn’t adjust accordingly. The start was good, but then the oil started leaking.
What are your plans to defend at this year’s Scottish Open?
I’m getting close to good shape. I have scratched the surface. When I come to the field where I am playing well, I try not to think too much about whether we won last year. Excited to be back here. I usually like to play hard golf courses. But I have worked hard to convince myself that I can play well on any land.