Schauffele sticks out tongue in PGA

Henry

Take it like that! That’s most likely what the talented American Xander Schauffele can say to his critics on Sunday night after winning the US PGA Tour by one stroke.

Schauffele, who has already finished in the top ten group of Major tournaments 12 times, has previously been accused quite a few times of not being able to finish in the last round of a golf tournament after leading.

This happened as recently as two weeks ago in the Wells Fargo tournament when he was overtaken in the darts by the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

But the 30-year-old Schauffele, who is also the reigning Olympic Games champion, stuck out his tongue in the final round of the PGA Tour on Sunday night at Valhalla Golf Course in Kentucky.

Schauffele won his eighth tournament in the American PGA Series (and his first Major) after rolling in a birdie putt from two meters on the 18th hole to beat Bryson DeChambeau by one shot and Norway’s Viktor Hovland by three shots.

Schauffele, who tied the course record of 62 in the first round and led the entire tournament, shot 65 in the final round. He finished at 263 (-21) to escape the playoff.

DeChambeau finished at 264 (-20), Hovland at 266 (-18) and Thomas Detry (Belgium) and Collin Morikawa (America) combined at 269 (-15).

South Africa’s Dean Burmester was joint 12th at 272 (-12) with his compatriot Erik van Rooyen at 279 (-5) in 53rd position.

“I was emotional when I rolled in the last putt. My dad is in Hawaii and I was able to get hold of him (after the win). But I interrupted the conversation because he made me cry,” Schauffele said after his victory.

Schauffele earned $3.3 million (almost R59 million) with his win.

Burmester, who is now undoubtedly South Africa’s best player, earned R6 514 000 with his performance and Van Rooyen R590 968.

* On the National Liberty course in New York, American Nelly Korda continued her reign in the American LPGA series when she won the Americas-Open by one stroke.

The 25-year-old Korda beat Australian Hannah Green by one stroke after finishing on 274.14 strokes under par.

Green was one shot behind at 275 (-13).

Gabriela Ruffels, also from Australia, was together with American Jennifer Kupcho and Chanette Wannasean and Ariya Jutanugarn (both from Thailand) third at 278 (-10).

It was Korda’s sixth win in seven tournaments this year and her 14th victory in the US Women’s Series.

She became only the fourth American to win six tournaments in a season before June 1. She joined Babe Zaharias (1951), Louise Snuggs (1953) and Lorena Ochea (2008) who also achieved this, as well as Inbee Park (South Korea) who won six tournaments in 2013.

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai finished joint 21st on 281 (-7) after recording 72 shots in the final round.

* In the European Women’s Series German Masters played outside Berlin, Germany’s Alexandra Försterling won her playoff against Switzerland’s Emma Spitz after both players finished at 276 (-12).

Gabriella Cowley (England) was third at -10, with Kirsten Rudgeley (Australia) and Laura Fuenstueck (Germany) joint fourth at 280 (-8).

South Africa’s Cara Gorlei finished at 285 (-3) with Lee-Anne Pace at 286 (-2), Danielle du Toit at 287 (-1) and Nicole Garcia at 289 (+1).

Sources: The Golf Channel and BBC