PGA Championship: Xander Schauffele Breaks Several Major Records in Breathtaking Opening Round at Valhalla - Latest Global News

PGA Championship: Xander Schauffele Breaks Several Major Records in Breathtaking Opening Round at Valhalla

Xander Schauffele broke the major record books and set a towering clubhouse goal in a historic opening round of the PGA Championship.

Schauffele made nine birdies in a stunning bogey-free opening round at Valhalla Golf Club, posting the first round of 62 in the PGA Championship and just the fourth ever in a men’s major.

Branden Grace became the first player to score a 62 in a men’s major tournament at the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale, and Schauffele is now matching the performance he and Rickie Fowler achieved last year in the opening round of the US Open in Los Angeles country club.

Schauffele is aiming for his first major title

Schauffele is the first player to post multiple rounds of 62 in major history, with an opening round of 9 under also marking the lowest score – relative to par – ever in a men’s major.

How Schauffele made great history

Schauffele, who started on the back nine alongside two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup star Ludvig Åberg, failed to take advantage of the par-5 10th but made one on the next par-3 Brilliant tee shot for birdie from close range to within three feet.

Schauffele holed from 15 feet to save par on the 12th hole and converted from a similar distance to birdie the par 4 next. He then went up and down to make par on the 14th hole before beginning his attack with birdies on both of the next two holes.

He added another on the par-five 18th to score an impressive first-nine 31, with Schauffele making another sand save the first time and then firing his approach to less than five feet away the second time and made his sixth birdie of the day.

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A look at Schauffele’s amazing start to the PGA Championship, where he finished 31st after five birdies in nine holes

Schauffele hit a chip from tap-in range on the fourth shot and rolled into the hole from 10 feet on the fifth shot to get eight under for his round and threaten several major records with the Olympic gold medalist’s one on the par five Two-putt birdie made seventh ahead.

A brilliant up-and-down from the back of the eighth green kept Schauffele bogey-free heading to the par-4 ninth – his final hole – where he quickened his approach to 30 feet and two-putted for a record-tying par break performance.


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