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
A wave of protests swept across the National Football League on Sunday after Trump escalated his feud with players who kneel during the US national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. US PGA Tour player Peter Malnati brought the issue to the conservative sport of golf with a tweet in support of the protests. "Those who kneel during the national anthem aren't disrespecting the heroes who sacrificed to defend the United States," wrote Malnati, who won his lone PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms Championship last year.
The Presidents Cup has never quite roused the passion of golf's Ryder Cup, but Rickie Fowler thinks this might change when the biennial event between U.S. and International teams hits the Big Apple this week. With New York's vociferous fans sure to amp up the atmosphere, and the International team desperate to end a six-event losing streak dating back to 2005, Fowler is hoping for a competitive week. "The Presidents Cup has a little bit more of a laid back feel, but I think this one will have more of a Ryder Cup feel,” Fowler, who will be playing on the American team, said in a telephone interview.