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It's been a wild ride - Schauffele revels in Tour Championship victory

59   //    25 Sep 2017, 07:23 IST
Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele

Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele said he has exceeded expectations after adding a second title to his rookie season.

After claiming his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Greenbrier Classic, having announced himself with a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open, Schauffele ended his remarkable debut campaign with a one-shot victory in the final FedEx Cup play-off event in Atlanta on Sunday.

Schauffele, 23, birdied the par-five 18th hole to reign supreme at East Lake Golf Club, upstaging in-form American Justin Thomas, who walked away with the FedEx Cup trophy and a $10million bonus cheque.

Speaking after his two-under-par 68 wrapped up a victory worth $3.75m having received $2m for finishing third in the FedEx Cup standings, Schauffele said: "It's been a wild ride.

"Five months ago, two months ago, three hours ago I wasn't really expecting a whole lot.

"To be sitting here with this bad boy right here [the Tour Championship trophy] is very special.

"I was struggling to keep my card and get in tournaments and found a way to breeze through the U.S. Open somehow with a cool head. I looked at that and thought, 'Wow, I could actually do this.' I think back a lot to that moment and that week to realise I could be out here.

"There was never a matter of maybe I can't do it. I just wasn't doing it and thinking maybe I need more experience or find some way to gain more experience without losing my card, which is impossible. The thought of falling back on the Tour was in my head … I wasn't happy I was thinking that way but I was trying to be realistic."

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