schauffele opens up on “incredible” Tiger Woods gesture after PGA Championship back to back win


schauffele opens up on “incredible” Tiger Woods gesture after PGA Championship back to back win

Xander Schauffele’s major championship breakthrough at Valhalla was made all the sweeter by a classy message from 15-time major-winner Tiger Woods after edging out Bryson DeChambeau

Tiger Woods sent a classy message to Xander Schauffele after he won the PGA Championship (

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There are many perks to winning a major championship. In Xander Schauffele’s case, a congratulatory message from Tiger Woods after winning the PGA Championship on Sunday must be among the best.

Schauffele finally got the major monkey off his back, putting the pain of numerous near misses to bed by leading wire to wire at Valhalla to edge out Bryson DeChambeau by one shot. The six-foot birdie putt that lipped in on the 72nd hole to clinch victory will doubtless be the defining moment in the 30-year-old’s career, finally harnessing his immense talent to take down a major title.

The Ryder Cup star has entered golf’s elite club and with his first one out of the way, he is odds-on to add to his major collection over the coming years. But his first triumph will surely be hard to beat, summed up by the message he received

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“He texted me, you know, and I think he is right—he’s been through it all himself,” Schauffele told SubPar. “But he texted me something along the lines of, ‘You know, all those times you were close, I think that hardened you for this moment. And I’m proud of you. It’s incredible. I couldn’t be more proud of you.’ That was an awesome text I got from TW.”

Schauffele had the unwanted reputation of being golf’s nearly man after, with 11 top-10 finishes at the majors before Sunday’s win. He admitted it was hard

So much is racing through your head – ‘If you make this you win, if you make this you change your life, this is what you’ve wanted your whole life’. I was thinking so much —- while going through my routine and the longer I take, the more stuff I think.”

Schauffele says the winning feeling at Valhalla has only intensified his hunger to add to his account of big victories, and he is among the favourites to win the US Open and The Open Championship at Pinehurst

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