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Memorial: Xander Schauffele has no PGA ‘hangover’ lingering

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Xander Schauffele had fairly a celebration after his PGA Championship win final month.

However fortunately for him, his hangover didn’t linger into this week’s Memorial Match, the place he carded a clear 4-under 68 throughout Thursday’s opening spherical.

“I’m proud of how I performed, with how I caught in there, and actually completely satisfied my quick sport bailed me out on a day that would have been so much worse,” Schauffele stated.

“I do know I want to wash up a few of that longer stuff. This course is admittedly laborious, and the wind is meant to blow actually laborious tomorrow, much more than at this time, so I do know I want to wash it up.”

Schauffele made zero bogeys on Thursday, because of his putter. He gained practically 4 strokes on the greens, rating first of the 73 gamers within the area through the first spherical. He made quite a few par saves, particularly on the fifth, eighth, and ninth holes, to maintain a clear card on the entrance 9.

Xander Schauffele, PGA Tour, the Memorial Tournament

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Xander Schauffele hits a putt through the first spherical of the 2024 Memorial Match.
Photograph by Dylan Buell/Getty Photographs

He then stored it rolling on the again, opening the closing aspect with a 16-foot par save on the tenth.

“If I didn’t make a number of the putts I wanted at this time, it could have been a 2-over or most likely worse,” Schauffele stated.

“I noticed the strains form of rapidly, even from the get-go. I used to be leaving putts within the coronary heart quick. So, as quickly as I obtained the velocity down, I used to be rolling.”

Schauffele didn’t have his finest stuff from tee to inexperienced, however he has not performed competitively in three weeks. But, he did reveal that he started practising once more on the Thursday after the PGA Championship—the identical day because the opening spherical of the Charles Schwab Problem.

“I began practising, consider it or not—I do know you noticed some bizarre pictures at this time, however I used to be practising—I began practising on Thursday after I obtained residence,” Schauffele stated.

“I used to be hungover on Monday, I had media on Tuesday and Wednesday, after which I began {golfing} on Thursday.”

Not less than that hangover has subsided now, or else Schauffele wouldn’t have seen his strains as clearly as he did through the opening spherical. However in some way, because of his scorching putter, Schauffele sits two pictures behind chief Adam Hadwin and one again of Scottie Scheffler, who sits in solo second.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. You should definitely try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.



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