Adept at the long put and renowned as one of the game’s foremost power players and big hitters, Thomas has shot some of the lowest scores in golfing history. In winning his first PGA event, he shot a course record 61, and at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2017, he shot a 59 and became the youngest player in PGA history to shoot a sub-60 score, going on to win by seven shots. And at the 2017 U.S. Open in Erin Hills in Wisconsin, he equalled that major’s lowest round score, shooting a 63.
Schauffele was the individual winner of the 2011 California State High School Championship (California Interscholastic Federation, CIF), playing for Scripps Ranch High School.[4] After graduating from high school, Schauffele played his freshman year in college at Long Beach State University, where he garnered the 2012 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year as well as the 2012 First Team All-Big West awards.[5]
Earned 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors, as voted on by the TOUR's membership, after capturing the FedExCup following a five-win season that included his first major championship victory at the PGA Championship. Other victories came at the CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii and Dell Technologies Championship. Joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only players since 1960 to capture five wins in a season, including a major, before the age of 25. Became the seventh player on TOUR to shoot a 59. In 25 starts, tallied a TOUR-best 12 top-10 finishes (tied with Spieth) with 19 made cuts. Also took home the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR's leading money-winner ($9,921,560) and finished third in Adjusted Scoring Average (69.359). Capped off the season by helping lead the United States to an eight-point victory over the International Team at the Presidents Cup.
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CareerBuilder Challenge: In first career playoff on the PGA TOUR at the CareerBuilder Challenge, defeated Andrew Landry with a birdie on the fourth extra hole (18th hole) to capture second career victory on TOUR. Moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking with the win. Became the second-youngest winner of the event at 23 years, 2 months, 11 days, behind only Jack Nicklaus (23 years, 13 days). Shot an opening-round 62 at La Quinta Country Club. Was bogey-free in the final round en route to a 5-under 67.
PGA Championship: At 6-under 278, finished T2 and two strokes behind Justin Thomas at the PGA Championship, marking his first top-10 finish in 16 major championship starts. Had finished T12 at the 2016 Open Championship for his previous-best outing in a major. With his solid play at Quail Hollow, moved from No. 11 to No. 9 in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings. Entered the 72nd hold at 7-under-par and hoping to put some pressure on leader Justin Thomas (who was playing the 17th hole at the time), but a bogey on the par-4 18th hole dropped him to 6-under and an eventual three-way tie for second.
It was no surprise, then, that Reed drew a poor lie in an indentation in the sand. What was surprising was what happened next: Reed took two practice swings that would face significant scrutiny over the coming hours. On the first practice swing, he placed his club on the sand behind his ball, took it club low and away, and scraped a quantity of sand from behind his ball. His second practice swing was slightly more square to the target, and as he pulled the club away he scraped an additional bit of sand out of the way. It looked pretty cut-and-dry: there had been sand in the way, and Reed cleared a path.

In the end, Reed took a two-stroke penalty for a triple-bogey 8 on No. 11. He slipped to solo 6th place at 10 under. That’s where he’ll begin Saturday’s final round, three shots back of Woodland’s lead, playing alongside Jon Rahm. He could still win the event — but no matter what happens Saturday, there’s no question he’d like to take back two very costly practice swings.


On January 12, Reed won his fourth PGA Tour title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by defeating Jimmy Walker in a sudden death playoff.[27] He became just the fourth player in the last two decades to win four times on the PGA Tour before his 25th birthday, the other three were Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio García.[28] The win moved Reed to a career-best OWGR ranking of 14th.[29] Also, he finished second at the Valspar Championship, third at the Hero World Challenge, and seventh at the Honda Classic.[30][31][32] Reed also joined the European Tour for the 2015 season.
Schauffele made his PGA Tour debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. In his first round at the 2017 U.S. Open held at Erin Hills, Schauffele recorded a bogey free 6-under-par 66. This marked the first time in U.S. Open history for a player to shoot a bogey-free round of 66 or better in his national championship debut.[11] Furthermore, Schauffele is one of only 15 players to ever reach 10 under par at a U.S. Open.[12] After his opening 66, he shot rounds of 73-70-69 to finish in a tie for fifth place, earning him an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Open.
THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES: Won for the 11th time on the PGA TOUR, winning THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES by two shots over Danny Lee. Earned second victory at the event and fourth in Asia since the start of the 2015-16 season (2015 CIMB Classic, 2016 CIMB Classic, 2017 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2019 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES). Became the fifth player to win 11 times before turning 27, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Made 27 birdies, most in the field. Played the par-4s in 13-under, five shots better than anyone else in the field. Converted the 54-hole lead/co-lead to victory for the eighth time in his 11th attempt. Marked fourth straight top-five on the PGA TOUR, reaching that mark for the first time in his career. 

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Making his first-ever start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, followed an opening-round 73 at Spyglass Hill with rounds of 67-67-68 to jump to a T5 finish, seven strokes behind champion Jordan Spieth. Week included a second-round 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach GL, including six consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-7. Played his final 63 holes with just two over-par scores (No. 14 in round two and No. 3 in round four (both at Pebble Beach GL).
Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the final event of the 2017 European Tour season.[22] He was awarded the European Tour Rookie of the Year for finishing as the highest-ranked rookie in the Race to Dubai.[23] However, his award caused a stir among fellow European Tour pros, who felt that it should've gone to a more committed member of the tour. Outside the majors and WGCs, Rahm had played just four regular season European Tour events.[24]
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Earned 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors, as voted on by the TOUR's membership, after capturing the FedExCup following a five-win season that included his first major championship victory at the PGA Championship. Other victories came at the CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii and Dell Technologies Championship. Joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only players since 1960 to capture five wins in a season, including a major, before the age of 25. Became the seventh player on TOUR to shoot a 59. In 25 starts, tallied a TOUR-best 12 top-10 finishes (tied with Spieth) with 19 made cuts. Also took home the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR's leading money-winner ($9,921,560) and finished third in Adjusted Scoring Average (69.359). Capped off the season by helping lead the United States to an eight-point victory over the International Team at the Presidents Cup.

On July 16, 2019, at the 2019 Open Championship, the R&A found Schauffele's driver failed to meet CT test requirements. Schauffele was forced to scramble for a replacement driver. The R&A made 30 random inspections of players' clubs and Schauffele's driver was found to be one of four drivers of the 30 strong sample not to comply with the CT test requirements. The manufacturers brands that had drivers fail the CT test are: Callaway, Ping, Taylormade. It also has become public knowledge, that during a testing in May 2019 at the Diamond Cup Golf event on the Japan Golf Tour, some 15 drivers in the field had failed the very same CT test requirements. Rumors, that Schauffele's driver was the only one and additionally the first one ever to fail the R&A's CT test were proven unfounded and false.[31][32][33]


Thomas comes from a long line of professional golfers. His father (who is also his swing coach) served as Head Professional at the Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, Kentucky, while his grandfather was a 60-year veteran of the PGA Tour who played in the 1962 U.S. Open. Thomas’s golfing skills were evident early on. Prior to his junior year in high school, in 2009, he amazingly finished third in a PGA Tour event, the Wyndham Championship, where at the age of just 16 years, 3 months, and 23 days he became just the third youngest player in history to make the cut on the PGA Tour. In 2012, while at the University of Alabama, he won both the Haskins and the Nicklaus awards, given annually to the country’s top collegiate golfer, and he turned professional the following year at age 20. He won his first tournament on the Web.com tour in 2014 and registered his first PGA victory at CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2016.

World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship: Making his first start in a World Golf Championships event, reached 14-under and held the solo-lead in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship for a short time after beginning the back nine par-eagle-par-par-birdie-birdie. Missed putts of seven and eight feet on Nos. 16 and 17 for bogeys, which resulted in a 12-under 272 tournament total (T3), two shots behind Dustin Johnson.


World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship: Making his first start in a World Golf Championships event, reached 14-under and held the solo-lead in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship for a short time after beginning the back nine par-eagle-par-par-birdie-birdie. Missed putts of seven and eight feet on Nos. 16 and 17 for bogeys, which resulted in a 12-under 272 tournament total (T3), two shots behind Dustin Johnson.

On July 16, 2019, at the 2019 Open Championship, the R&A found Schauffele's driver failed to meet CT test requirements. Schauffele was forced to scramble for a replacement driver. The R&A made 30 random inspections of players' clubs and Schauffele's driver was found to be one of four drivers of the 30 strong sample not to comply with the CT test requirements. The manufacturers brands that had drivers fail the CT test are: Callaway, Ping, Taylormade. It also has become public knowledge, that during a testing in May 2019 at the Diamond Cup Golf event on the Japan Golf Tour, some 15 drivers in the field had failed the very same CT test requirements. Rumors, that Schauffele's driver was the only one and additionally the first one ever to fail the R&A's CT test were proven unfounded and false.[31][32][33]
Schauffele began the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs in 28th position in the standings. Entering the third of four events in the playoff series, the 2018 BMW Championship, he was 41st, needing to move up at least eleven spots to advance to the Tour Championship. Schauffele finished in a tie for third to rise to 18th position. That finish allowed him the opportunity to attempt to defend his 2017 Tour Championship title.[18] Schauffele ultimately finished T7 at the 2018 Tour Championship, while placing 15th in the season-long FedEx Cup[19]
Thomas turned professional in 2013 and earned his tour card on the Web.com Tour through qualifying school. He won his first professional event at the 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.[8] Thomas finished fifth in the 2014 Web.com Tour regular season, and third after the Web.com Tour Finals, and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2015 season. In 2015, Thomas collected seven top-10s and 15 top-25s, with fourth-place finishes at the Quicken Loans National and Sanderson Farms Championship as his best results. He finished 32nd at the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup, losing the Rookie of the Year award to Daniel Berger.
Only three weeks later, on July 9, 2017, Schauffele recorded his first PGA Tour victory at the Greenbrier Classic. He started the final round three shots behind leader Sebastián Muñoz, who had led since the first round. Schauffele shot a 3-under-par 67, which included two birdies in his final three holes, to win by one stroke over Robert Streb. With the win, he earned exemptions into the Open Championship, via the Open Qualifying Series, the PGA Championship and the 2018 Masters Tournament.

On January 12, Reed won his fourth PGA Tour title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by defeating Jimmy Walker in a sudden death playoff.[27] He became just the fourth player in the last two decades to win four times on the PGA Tour before his 25th birthday, the other three were Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio García.[28] The win moved Reed to a career-best OWGR ranking of 14th.[29] Also, he finished second at the Valspar Championship, third at the Hero World Challenge, and seventh at the Honda Classic.[30][31][32] Reed also joined the European Tour for the 2015 season.
DEAN & DELUCA Invitational: The two-time Hogan Award winner (given annually onsite Monday of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational) trailed 54-hole leader Webb Simpson by four strokes at the start of the final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. After a bogey on the par-4 third, made five birdies en route to a 4-under 66. Barely missed a 12'2" putt on the last for birdie to force a playoff with Kevin Kisner. Marked his seventh top-10 finish in 14 starts this season, with four inside the top three. Was looking to join fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia on the list of players to win the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational in their first appearance.
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