BETTING À DAY
Xander Schauffele is ready for the British Open. The American golfer instilled an extra dose of confidence in himself ahead of Sunday's grand slam tournament by winning the Genesis Scottish Open.
In his final round, the he 28-year-old was content to play par 70, under four birdies and as many bogeys, to save the lead and get his hands on the winner's trophy.
“I feel very relieved,” he told Golf Digest after winning the $1.4 million scholarship. I haven't golfed very well. I told myself [before the day] that my performance didn't have to be pretty to win.
“All in all, it was a very stressful day and it's very rewarding. It was nice to be able to hit some good shots at the end and be able to stabilize the ship.”
Schauffele thus beat his compatriot Kurt Kitayama by a shot. The latter also made a good comeback, he who stalled four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, before succeeding two other birdies on the second half of the course, more precisely at the 11th and 14th flags. He was down -7 at the time, but a bogey in 17th ruined his chances.
“It was very exciting,” said Kitayama. In my opinion, being a contender until the end is a good position to be in. It brings a lot of nervousness and excitement, and it's very pleasant.”
For their part, the Canadians still in contention did not have success on their last outing on the course of the club Renaissance.
Nick Taylor turned over a 72 (+2) card and tumbled 11 positions as a result. He finished the event with a cumulative 285 (+5), earning him a tie for 55th place. For his part, Corey Conners hit the white object 73 (+3) times in the last day of activity. He thus took the 61st rank, tied, with a cumulative of 287 (+7).