Xander Schauffele tied the Plantation course record with an 11-under 62 on Sunday, and he needed every shot to beat Gary Woodland by one shot and win the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Schauffele started the final round five shots out of the lead and opened with a bogey. He ran off three straight birdies. He chipped in for eagle at the turn. He holed a 107-yard wedge for eagle at No. 12. Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to tie the course record last set four years ago.
Woodland, who holed a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 17 to tie for the lead, had a chance to force a playoff but missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole. He closed with a 68.
Atascadero native Austin Kaiser who caddies for Schauffele tells KSBY, “To get two wins to start the season makes 2019 even more exciting. We have set a nice foundation for a very special year. We look forward to keeping the momentum rolling.”
“On Sunday, we played like we had nothing to lose. We needed to make up five shots and we knew we needed to go really low. I never anticipated an -11 round,” said Kaiser.
All four tour titles were come-from-behind victories.