Pádraig Harrington and Jordan Spieth impressed by Xander Schauffele’s honored with USGA’s most prestigious award again. Full details below 👇👇

Pádraig Harrington and Jordan Spieth impressed by Xander Schauffele’s honored with USGA’s most prestigious award again. Full details below 👇👇

slow rise to Major glory

Pádraig Harrington and Jordan Spieth reckon Xander Schauffele will go from strength to strength following his breakthrough Major win.

Harrington (52), who is hoping for an improvement in the neck injury that led to his missed cut in the US PGA at Valhalla when he plays the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in Michigan, is impressed with the way Schauffele has gradually improved his game.

“You know, it was coming, obviously,” Harrington said at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores, where he is looking to go one better than last year’s Senior PGA play-off loss to Steve Stricker.

“His game was in great shape. If anything, you would say he’s had a very nice progression. It doesn’t always work like that. He’s worked hard and has slowly got better and better.

“And that might mean he sustains it longer. Sometimes, when you get there quickly, you leave quickly, whereas he’s worked hard to get there, so you might see him be this player for five or ten years.”

Schauffele is taking this week off, but his Major win was no surprise to Spieth, who has watched the Californian quietly add distance to his game.

I’ve been playing with Xander for the better part of seven years now, and if you asked me, is there any doubt in your mind that he would win Major championships I would say I don’t know a weakness in his game, so it’s just a matter of time,” Spieth said ahead of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, where world No 1 Scottie Scheffler also tees it up.

“Am I inspired? Yeah. I mean, one thing that he’s been doing that’s been different is he’s looked to add speed, but did it very methodically, very quietly, very in the dark.

“He already had a lot of speed, and he did it while maintaining his consistency and his short game, and it just allowed him to hit shorter clubs into greens, maybe over the course of four rounds being a shot or two. The way he approached that patiently is extremely inspiring.”

Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell plays the DP World Tour’s Soudal Open in Antwerp as Dermot McElroy, John Murphy, Ronan Mullarney, Ruaidhri McGee, Conor O’Rourke and Gary Hurley play the Danish Golf Challenge.

The LET is at Evian Resort for the Jabra Ladies Open, where Lauren Walsh (23) is looking to build on her solid start to her fifth-place finish in the German Masters in her first start since being named as touring professional for August’s KPMG Women’s Irish Open venue, Carton House

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