Xander Schauffele in the history of the PGA

Xander Schauffele sets the pace for the 2024 PGA Championship: in Louisville, the American shot a 62 (-9), the lowest score ever recorded in this Major.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Xander Schauffele in the history of the PGA
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Xander Schauffele sets the pace for the 2024 PGA Championship: in Louisville, the American shot a 62 (-9), the lowest score ever recorded in this Major. With such a strong debut, all eyes are on him, starting with the three fellow Americans, Tony Finau, Sahith Theegala, and Mark Hubbard, who finished at (-3).

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Following closely behind is Rory McIlroy and six other colleagues at (-5). Sharing the twelfth spot at (-4) are Brooks Koepka and Scottie Scheffler. The former, the defending champion, has already won the tournament three times (in 2023, 2018, and 2019).

The latter, the world number one, has already claimed four trophies in 2024, including his second career "Green Jacket" after winning the Masters. Francesco Molinari is currently in 65th place with a score of 71 (par) at the Valhalla Golf Club (par 71), ahead of Tiger Woods.

Schauffele, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour and gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, is chasing his first major triumph at the 28th Major. His lead, as mentioned, is record-breaking. In the history of the event, only Nick Hart (1963), Bobby Nichols (1964), and Raymond Floyd (1982) have held such a lead.

McIlroy's game is also off to a strong start. The Northern Irishman hasn't won a Major since 2014 when he won the PGA Championship on this very course. Francesco Molinari's performance is a rollercoaster, marked by an eagle on the 13th (par 4) and a birdie, with three bogeys.

Since the 2022 Masters, where he opened with a 71 (-1), Woods hasn't posted a positive score in a Major. However, making the cut is not guaranteed for him. Born in San Diego to a Franco-German father and a Taiwanese mother, he comes from a family of athletes and soccer players: his father Stefan was an aspiring decathlete, while his great-grandfather Richard (also a discus thrower, weightlifter, and multi-titled javelin thrower) and Johann Hoffmann were moderately successful soccer players in Europe.

He attended California State University, Long Beach, and then San Diego State University, where he successfully pursued golf. In 2014, he defeated compatriot Hossler to win the California Amateur Championship at the prestigious La Costa Resort & Spa, before being defeated by the same opponent in the final of the Western Amateur a few months later.

His amateur results earned him a place in the Top 10 of the world amateur rankings before turning professional in 2015. In 2021, he participated in Tokyo 2020 and won the first American gold medal since golf's reintroduction to the Olympics. He won the Olympic tournament with 266 strokes over 4 days, 18 under par.

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