ATLANTA – A year ago, Xander Schauffele was finishing his season on the Web.com Tour and dreaming of his first year on the PGA Tour. The 2017 Tour Championship never crossed his mind. “Somewhere up in the clouds, to be honest,” Schauffele said when asked where a trip to East Lake ranked in his goals. “That was definitely not what I was thinking about even a few months ago, so to be out here is surreal.” For a rookie, just making it to the finale is the product of a stellar season, but Schauffele surprised even the loftiest expectations thanks to a third-round 65 that moved him to within two strokes of the lead held by Paul Casey. It was a sign of a how farfetched the notion of winning the season-long
EAST LAKE, Ga.—At 5:35 p.m., Kevin Kisner walked off the course at East Lake having carded the low round of the day at the Tour Championship. Sixteen minutes later, he was showered, changed, and en route to a waiting helicopter, because you don’t stand between a Georgia Bulldog fan and football. The problem being, of course, that Kisner was slated to play in the third round of the Tour Championship, the final event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.
Geoff Ogilvy, perhaps more than any other golfer, is the man who stopped Phil Mickelson from completing a career grand slam, and now he hopes to help derail the entire American team at the Presidents Cup. Ogilvy, an assistant captain for the International team, will try to impart to an inexperienced squad some of the knowledge he has gained both as an individual competitor and team player. Regarded as a strong closer in his prime, the 40-year-old Australian posted an individual record of seven wins, six losses and one halve in three Presidents Cup appearances.