The Greenbrier Classic is one of the premier tournament stops on the PGA Tour and this week didn’t disappoint.
With big names in the field like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, J.B Holmes and Patrick Reed it was sure to be a firework filled event.
But it wasn’t the big names who made the noise.
Actually it was the little guys you probably have never heard of like Xander Schauffelle, Sebastain Munoz, Jamie Lovemark, Robert Streb and Kelly Kraft who were at the top of the leaderboards.
Munoz put on a show all week leading from Thursday to Sunday morning where he leaned on his putter to get him there.
But when you lean on something and it gets pulled out, you usually stumble and fall.
And that is what happened on Sunday to Munoz.
He carded multiple bogeys that came along with three putts, not ideal when looking for your first PGA Tour victory.
Seeing the collapse, Schauffelle took advantage hitting about 90% of greens in regulation and carding four birdies for a -3, 67 on the day.
Streb and Lovemark couldn’t force a playoff and make things any more interesting as they were near the leader all day but couldn’t get those few important birdies when it mattered.
The real story is the rise of 23-year-old rookie Xander Schauffelle. A few weeks ago he had his best showing at Erin Hills at the U.S. Open when he finished T5, probably a dream come true.
Now just a few weeks later he is raising a trophy above his head.
“Everyone that knows me knows I’m a late bloomer, so to jump in the Top-30 in this fashion is something special for me.” Schauffelle said to the media after his win Saturday.
Emotions were running wild as he talked about his dad, a great moment for golf.