The official PGA Tour FedEx Cup event returned this year to The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC in W. Virginia this past weekend. This historic course built in 1914 by Charles Blair Macdonald, the father of American Golf Course Architecture, features generous fairways and challenging, undulated greens. In 2010, The Old White TPC hosted the inaugural Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup Event.
This year’s Greenbrier Classic field consisted of 156 PGA Tour professionals, all competing for a $7.1 million dollar purse, but only one would claim victory, Xander Schauffele.
The 23-year old rookie, Xander Schauffele, wins the 2017 Greenbrier Classic on the 72nd hole making a 3-foot birdie putt, a stroke over Robert Streb for his first PGA Tour victory.
Schauffele, who took up golf after giving up soccer because his coaches wanted him to switch from offense to defense, tied for fifth in his first U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
“The U.S. Open was a huge moment in my career,” Schauffele said. “It was one of the biggest stages, and for me to be calm and collected throughout the week and just kind of hang on and tie for fifth was huge for me mentally. It kind of gave me the confidence and allowed me to play to win this week.”
Watching fellow youngster Jon Rahm of Spain win the Irish Open earlier Sunday also served as motivation for Schauffele, who shot from 94th to 27th in the FedEx Cup standings.
“Everybody knows I’m a late bloomer,” Schauffele said. “To jump into the top 30 is something special for me.”
Schauffele also punched a ticket to this year’s PGA Championship and next year’s Masters Tournament. He already had a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open for last month’s performance.
Sebastian Munoz led by two shots entering the final round. Munoz carded 14-under through 54 holes. Streb was in second place.
Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Danny Lee, Patrick Reed, David Hearn, Jonas Blixt, Jimmy Walker, Davis Love III, Jason Kokrak and John Daly were among notables in the field at the outset.
At age 53, Davis Love III fell short in his bid to become the oldest-ever winner on TOUR. Love started his round four strokes back, bogeyed the first two holes and was never a threat. He shot 75 and tied for 29th at 5 under.
Xander Schauffele Equipment
Xander Schauffele won his first PGA TOUR title in style by knocking a pitching wedge to three feet on the par-3 18th and making the ensuing putt to come out on top at The Greenbrier Classic.
Along with pulling off the shot of the tournament on the last, Schauffele used his TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto irons to hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation during the final round. He led the field in the statistical category (59 of 72) for the week at 81.9 percent.
Here’s a look at the rest of the equipment in Schauffele’s bag.
TaylorMade M2 2017 (Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X shaft), 9.5 degrees
TaylorMade M1 2017 (Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 8X shaft), 15 degrees
TaylorMade UDI (2-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (4-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (53-08F, 57-10S and 61-08M degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Odyssey Works Versa Big-T #5
TaylorMade Tour Preferred X