• Schauffele offers no schedule answers

    Xander Schauffele

    World No 12 Xander Schauffele continues to wonder about when next he will tee it up amid the coronavirus lockdown.

    The California resident, one of the states that has ordered golf clubs to close, hasn’t picked up a club since the conclusion of the first round of The Players and believes the Tour will be pushed back long after its next intended event.

    The PGA TOUR continues to postpone and cancel events but, as it stands, the world’s best are due at Colonial National on 21 May.

    Schauffele, though, believes the wait will be pushed past that date, perhaps even to July if tennis’ Wimbledon, due to start on 29 June, is a yardstick.

    ‘I really don’t think we’d be back at Colonial if Wimbledon got cancelled,’ he said.

    ‘All of the tournaments are in the same boat.’

    But the American, part of the mix during Tiger Woods’ historic win in 2019, is ready to play The Masters whenever it is fitted into the schedule.

    ‘That place is so special, on those grounds, that you lose track of time,’ Schauffele said about the Augusta National Golf Club.

    ‘It doesn’t matter the date or the time of year. Once you’re on the property, it doesn’t matter when you play it. All of the pros will get up for it and prepare for it to the best of their ability. It will be different, aesthetically, course conditions … [but] all of us will be ready to go.’

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