With two wins, four top-10 finishes and 20 made cuts in just 28 starts, Xander Schauffele was voted the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday over Wesley Bryan, Patrick Cantlay, Mackenzie Hughes and Grayson Murray.
Schauffele was voted as the clear-cut winner of the award by his fellow PGA Tour members after winning The Greenbrier Classic in July and then becoming the first rookie to ever leave the season-ending Tour Championship with a victory just a couple weeks ago, where he held off FedExCup champion Justin Thomas with a birdie on the final hole.
“On behalf of the PGA Tour, congratulations to Xander Schauffele on being voted PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “Being recognized by your peers is one of the highest honors a player can receive, and Xander’s win at the Tour Championship during the FedExCup Playoffs capped off what had already been a remarkable rookie season.”
The 23-year-old resident of San Diego, California, is now the fourth member of the esteemed high school class of 2011 to take home the award, joining Jordan Spieth (2013), Daniel Berger (2015) and Emiliano Grillo (2016).