Schauffele relishes ‘awesome’ runner-up finish to Woods
AUGUSTA: Xander Schauffele said the sight of his name briefly topping the Masters leaderboard on Sunday paled in comparison to witnessing Tiger Woods’s triumph.
“It was an awesome experience,” the 25-year-old American said. “It’s hard to really feel bad about how I played, just because I just witnessed history.
“It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Amen Corner, 15, 16, Tiger making the roars.
“I was trying to push myself, but I feel like I got a very full, fully filled Masters experience here in my second year.”
Schauffele, playing two groups ahead of Woods, briefly topped the leaderboard at 12-under through 14 holes.
That’s where he finished after a final-round 68 — tied with former US Open winner Dustin Johnson and three-time major winner Brooks Koepka for second place, one shot behind Woods.
It wasn’t bad for a player who started the day five shots behind 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari.
“I did have my 30 seconds in the sun with the lead and it was a really cool feeling,” said Schauffele, the 2017 US PGA Tour’s rookie of the year.
“And like I said, it just proves to my team and I that we can contend and that we can win on this property.”
Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2019