Cromwell, Connecticut — Xander Schauffele's facial expression remained unchanged throughout the day.
The 28-year-old Schauffele remained a stone face, as much was happening around him through the ups and downs, uplifting, discouragement, and drama that accompany the days and weeks.
This is one of his most important weapons. A powerful iron player and clutch putter, just as important as extending straight from the tee.
"You just lock in," Schauffele said. "I don't know how to explain"
Schauffele's trapped look never changed ... until he finished the three-year drought, he won two shots without a separate win on the PGA Tour. I put it in. Travelers Championship on Sunday at TPC River Highlands. Then relief washed away his face.
Schauffele admired his wonderful week of golf when he finished the 72nd hole with a birdie. He had a 5-shot 36-hole lead and a 1-shot 54-hole lead. 19 Underpar, Sahith Theegala and J.T. Poston.
Schauffele's sixth career win since the 2019 Sentry Tournament was. For the first time in the Champions and his career, he turned a 54-hole lead into a victory.
"This is a big mental victory just because I had to check myself," Schauffele said. "When you get out here and things are getting easier, you always expect to play well. In some cases, it's good to take a step back, and I'll do it this week. I thought I did. Then I saw Schauffele unfolding from the tee and started to make 18 mess.
Tea Gala hit a tee shot on the green side bunker on the left side of the fairway. The ball stopped near the bunker's lip.
He aimed at the green, bladed the wedge, and turned the ball into a bunker, rather than just jumping out of the bunker and trying to move the par up and down. The first shot left. This time I put out the ball, but it was about 80 yards short of the green.
Teagala took a double bogey and dropped from 19 under to 17 under with a one-shot lead, Schauffele One shot late.
"What's sitting there? It was a bit of a shock to see what happened, "Schauffele said. "I knew I had to do some sort of dismissal and take advantage of this moment. After seeing what happened, I knew that Par could win. I'm a birdie. I was trapped at that moment, hit the fairway and swung as hard as I could from that tee. Nothing else was important.
"To make a par, I knew I had to hit that fairway and hit somewhere on the green. "
He did better — hit the fairway on the drive, squeeze the birdie, and then card the birdie. did. Approach the shot inside 6 feet. And with the expression of the stone's face, I calmly did it.
It was ironic that Schauffele praised Schauffele's pressure after the third round on Saturday. Over the last few years I've definitely respected him ... I've seen him play. His attitude is the best.
In the end, it was probably Teagala who couldn't control his emotions and decisions at 18, and probably overwhelmed him by allowing the adrenaline rush to lead at 17.
"We find the best way to make four Tigara, who was about to say, talked about his decision to aim the green from the volatile spots in the bunker: "I knew exactly where we were standing. For a million years, I I didn't think I would allow myself to blade it. All I had to do was chunk it. Somehow my body was just ... I did it I just put the blade straight. He got angry when he missed the chance to win for the first time.
"I know and everything here People know how difficult it is to win and how few chances they have to win, "Tigala said. "That's why something like this would really, really hurt. But [I] only grow from it. I did everything I thought I had to do, and it just happened to be one. It was all the bad things that culminated in the hole. I did very good things. "
But in the end, it was just a little worse than Schauffele.