Schauffele Wins Sentry Tournament of ChampionsJanuary 6, 2019, 11:33 PM HST · Updated January 7, 9:02 AM Wendy Osher · 0 Comments
Twenty-five year old, Xander Schauffele is the winner of this year’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, which concluded on Sunday at The Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui.
Schaufelle collects his fourth PGA TOUR victory and moves to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings after a come-from-behind victory. With a final-round 62, Schauffele topped his previous-best on TOUR and tied the tournament course record.
In a post tournament press conference, Schaufefele said, “Yeah, all of my wins have been from behind. This was in sort of dramatic fashion and it turned into a birdiefest coming down the stretch. So I have no idea what it is, but I think the next step in my career is to learn to be cool under the gun, having a lead and maintaining it.”
Schauffele entered the final round trailing by five and has come from behind entering the final round in each of four PGA TOUR victories the likes of which include: 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions (T2, three shots back), 2017 TOUR Championship (T2, two shots) and 2017 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (T3, three shots).
The final Leaderboard included the following:
Xander Schauffele 72-67-68-62—269 (-23)
Gary Woodland 67-67-68-68—270 (-22)
Justin Thomas 67-72-70-65—274 (-18)
Dustin Johnson 67-74-69-67—277 (-15)
Marc Leishman 68-70-68-71—277 (-15)
Rory McIlroy 69-68-68-72—277 (-15)
Schauffele becomes the first player since Bryson DeChambeau in the 2018 FedExCup Playoffs to win back-to-back starts.
Meantime, Gary Woodland collected his second runner-up and fourth top-10 of the season, both best on TOUR.