Xander Schauffele joins Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in elite PGA Tour club

PGA Tour star Xander Schauffele is proving why he is one of the most consistent players in the game.

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Tue, 23 Feb 2021

Xander Schauffele has joined Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in an elite club on the PGA Tour following his most recent finish at the Genesis Invitational.

The 27-year-old has at times failed to capitalise on promising situations, such as his shared 54-hole lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, that Brooks Koepka ended up going on to win.

Schauffele currently has four PGA Tour titles to his name and if you asked him, it should be a lot more. His latest victory dates all the way back to January 2019, when he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and although it's been a while since his last victory, he has been one of the most consistent players around.

In fact, his latest outing at Riviera saw him finish in a tie for 15th, meaning Schauffele has now finished in the top 25 in his last 16 consecutive starts.

Only two others players have held a streak of at least that long since the stat was officially kept on record starting in 1990, with those two other players being two of the best the PGA Tour has ever seen in McIlroy and Woods.

Schauffele has the chance of equalling McIlroy's best streak of 17 recorded by the Northern Irishman from 2013 to 2015, should he finish inside the top 25 at this week's WGC Workday Championship in Florida.

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Woods' best streak is of course on another level as you'd expect, with 38 top 25 finishes in a row from 1999 to 2001, during a time where he set a PGA Tour record of 142 straight made cuts.

Schauffele, who has made 22 cuts in a row on the PGA Tour, the current longest streak, is pleased to play with such consistency, but remains focused on adding to his PGA Tour win tally.

“I guess it’s a good thing," Schauffele said earlier this month. "It keeps me hungry and keeps me humble, but yeah, the ultimate goal is winning and it kind of just dangles right in front of you every tournament, and you just try your best."

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