ATLANTA – There’s one thing about East Lake that appears to deliver out the perfect in Xander Schauffele.
“Simply the model of this event being a restricted area. It is fairly unique,” Schauffele stated. “It’s totally relaxed. For the way necessary and the way topnotch this event is, it is a very surprisingly relaxed week.”
Schauffele definitely appeared relaxed in Thursday’s opening spherical of the Tour Championship. He started the day at four underneath, six again of chief Justin Thomas, however shortly made up the bottom and in the end signed for a bogey-free, 6-under 64 to take a share of the lead with Thomas and Brooks Koepka.
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However that is nothing new from Schauffele at East Lake.
In 2017, Schauffele made his Tour Championship debut and discovered himself 5 again after the primary day, however used a Saturday 65 to vault into rivalry. A final-round 68 gave him a one-shot edge over Justin Thomas for his second profession victory.
Final 12 months, Schauffele once more discovered success, ending T-7 for his second straight top-10 at East Lake.
“It is simply at any time when us gamers have good emotions at a sure course, we form of thrive off of that,” Schauffele stated. “I simply assume I am comfy, and it form of feeds into my form of California vibe surprisingly, simply because it is so laid again.”