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Xander Schauffele Ties Course Record with Opening Round 62 at PGA Championship

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Xander Schauffele, the third-ranked player in the world, has once again made history by tying the course record in the opening round of the PGA Championship. This remarkable feat comes less than a year after his previous record-setting round at the U.S. Open.

The San Diego native’s flawless performance on Thursday saw him shoot a 9-under 62 at the Valhalla Country Club, breaking the course record previously set by Tiger Woods in 2000. Schauffele’s round featured nine birdies and no bogeys, firmly placing him in the lead after the morning wave.

Playing alongside fellow golfers such as Louis Oosthuizen, Rickie Fowler, and Rory McIlroy, Schauffele’s consistency and precision on the course were unmatched. Even a missed opportunity to set a new major record with a birdie putt on the 9th hole did not diminish his outstanding performance.

While Schauffele has a history of strong first-round showings at major tournaments, it is his ability to maintain this level of play throughout the event that will be crucial. Despite numerous top-10 finishes this season, Schauffele is still in search of his first PGA Tour victory since the 2022 Scottish Open.

With Valhalla Country Club demanding exceptional long iron play, Schauffele’s mastery of approach shots over 200 yards has given him a competitive advantage. His record-tying round at the PGA Championship further solidifies his status as one of the top contenders in the field.

Among the notable performances in the early wave of the tournament were strong showings from Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and the defending champion, Rory McIlroy. As the competition unfolds over the next few days, the focus will be on whether Schauffele can sustain his remarkable form and secure a coveted victory at the prestigious event.

Rachel Adams

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