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.
Reed has had a number of public disputes since coming on the PGA Tour, too: His criticism of Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk. His complaint about comped seats at Fenway Park. His assertion that Jordan Spieth would have gotten a better drop. His showdown with a noisy camera crew. Reed is pleasant and jovial in day-to-day interactions, but these moments stick out in a sport where it’s easy to stick out.
Won his seventh career PGA TOUR title at THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, clinching his sixth consecutive appearance in the TOUR Championship before finishing tied for ninth in the FedExCup standings. Made the Playoffs for the seventh time in his seventh season on TOUR. Earned five top-10s and made 22 cuts in 25 starts.
Season highlighted by his first major championship title and sixth career PGA TOUR win. Made 20 cuts in 26 starts with seven top-10s among 12 top-25s. Advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season and the TOUR Championship for the fifth time in a row. Ended the season at No. 22 in the FedExCup following a 28th-place result at the TOUR Championship. Earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the third consecutive time.
Schauffele, who is known exclusively as Xander Schauffele in the golfing world, was born in San Diego, California to a German/French naturalized immigrant father and a Taiwanese naturalized immigrant mother. Schauffele's father has been his only swing coach throughout his golfing career. The Schauffele teaching philosophy relies heavily on basic ball flight laws and golf club mechanics – as a result Schauffele had not seen his own swing until about age 18.
Sentry Tournament of Champions: Lost to Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, falling to 2-2 for his career in playoffs. Marked his sixth career runner-up on TOUR and first since the 2018 Valspar Championship. Became the first player since the tournament moved to The Plantation Course at Kapalua in 1999 with 100 putts or fewer in a single year (99). One-Putt Percentage of 62.50 percent was the best on TOUR since Bud Cauley at the 2018 RBC Heritage (65.28%).
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Xander Schauffele fixed his sights on golf at the young age of 10. His father, a graduate of San Diego Golf Academy (now Golf Academy of America), encouraged his interest and to this day is his only swing coach. Schauffele played golf for Scripps Ranch High School, then Long Beach State University and San Diego State University. Among other early accolades, he won the individual title of the 2011 California State High School Championship and is the 2014 California State Amateur champion.
Valspar Championship: At the Valspar Championship, nearly became the season's first multiple winner. Began the final round at the Copperhead Course at 5-under 208, four strokes off 54-hole leader Ryan Moore. Sank a clutch, 31-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, good for a bogey-free, 5-under 66 and spot in a playoff with Jordan Spieth and 2008 Valspar Championship winner Sean O'Hair. Following solid ups and-downs on the first two extra holes to save par and remain in the playoff, fell victim, with O'Hair, to Spieth's birdie putt on the third extra hole, No. 17. Two years earlier, defeated Spieth in sudden death at the Wyndham Championship en route to his first career PGA TOUR win.
World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play: Advanced to the final in his first appearance at World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play where he lost to Dustin Johnson on the final hole. Was 1-down standing on 18 tee with the honor before hitting tee shot 382 yards over the green. A poor chip and two putts led to a halved hole and handshake with Johnson, who made a regulation par. Was seeking his second TOUR win in 21st career start which would have matched Tiger Woods' achievement. Was the first player from Spain to reach the final. 7-and-5 win over Soren Kjeldsen in quarterfinal matched Daniel Berger's 7-and-5 win over J.B. Holmes in round one as largest winning margin of the week.
After turning professional in June 2015, Schauffele entered the 2015 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament in fall. He was runner up in first stage at Southern Dunes GC in Maricopa, Arizona. He went on to win second stage at Oak Valley GC in Beaumont, California and ultimately earned his Web.com Tour card in the finals in Florida in a tie for 40th.