Xander Schauffele has a lot on the line Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He trailed Brooks Koepka by just a stroke entering the final round, giving him a golden chance to win his second Tour Championship in the last three seasons.
On top of that, there’s a chance for the 25-year-old to double his career earnings in a single humid Georgia afternoon. Since turning pro in 2015, he has raked in $14,421,897 in career earnings per Yahoo Sports.
That total is split between Schauffele’s early career on the Korn Ferry (formerly Web.com) Tour and his current run in the PGA. He won $193,514 in the 25 events played on the qualifying circuit, and has since tallied $13,969,668.
The Tour Championship prize is a cool $15 million. Unless he finishes lower than eighth, he will makes over $1 million. A first-place finish would shoot Schauffele into the top earner on the 2019 PGA Money List. He sits in sixth place at the moment, trailing Koepka by a little over $4 million.
A win would also surge him into the top-100 on the PGA Career Money List. He currently ranks No. 134, but $15 million would put him in the range of Stuart Appleby and Paul Casey at No. 38 and No. 39, respectively.
Naturally, Schauffele’s biggest prizes in his career have come through his four PGA Tour wins and 16 top-10 finishes. Here’s a look at where he won and how much he made.
- 2017 The Greenbrier Classic ($1.278 million)
- TOUR Championship ($1.58 million)
- 2019 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions ($1.7 million)
- Sentry Tournament of Champions ($1.3 million)
The reason for the disparity in prize money at the 2017 Tour Championship and this year is due to a rule change in the FedEx Playoffs. Before, the aggregate winner of the three playoff tournaments would win the FedEx Cup. Schauffele won the Tour Championship, but lost the overall playoff to Justin Thomas.
Now, the aggregate performance of the first two tournaments determines a golfer’s starting place entering the Tour Championship (i.e., you get 10 strokes to start if you’re first).
Xander Schauffele Performances at Majors
Schauffele is due for a breakthrough at a major tournament based on his excellent appearances since 2017. His majors debut came at the 2017 U.S. Open, where he finished in a tie for fifth.
In 2018, he recorded a pair of top-10 showings at the U.S. and British Opens. He tied with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Justin Rose for second at 6-under par. This trailed Francesco Molinari by two strokes for the championship.
He followed that up with another second-place tie in 2019 at the Masters. He ended up tied with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka at 12-under par, just a single stroke behind Tiger Woods. He followed that up with a tie for third place at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Between his four PGA wins and his five top-10 major finishes in three seasons, Schauffele is well-deserving of his No. 11 world ranking. If he can reach another level to break past studs such as Koepka, he could shoot into at least the top-5.