Xander Schauffele admits
he is itching to get back to action, regardless of what the PGA Tour
looks like when it resumes.
The tour has announced that a revised schedule will begin on 11 June with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas,
although without any fans in attendance.
Meanwhile, three of the four majors have been pushed back to later in
the year, while the Open Championship has been cancelled altogether.
Schauffele, a four-time PGA Tour winner who also boasts runner-up
finishes at the Masters and US Open, doesn't really care what the
schedule looks like as long as the players can return to action.
“We’re all just itching to get out and play,” he said in a live
Q&A with his father Stefan on Sunday.
“I don’t think it really matters when the major is as long as we’re
able to play it. Colonial is going to feel like a major, even without
spectators. I’m assuming it’s going to be a very strong field since all
of us just want to get out and play and practice and just get back to
The tour is likely to look dramatically different once play resumes
in June. Aside from the absence of fans, players probably won't be able
to take the flagstick out of the hole while putting, and might not be
able to rake bunkers in an effort to prevent caddies from touching the
With regard to playing in front of empty galleries, Schauffele said
it’s a situation that will impact some players more than others.
“If you’re the likes of Tiger Woods, his birdie may be more special
than someone else’s birdie on any given hole. So I can see how that
would be a hurting factor,” he said.
“If you’re sort of a quiet guy like me who just goes about his own
business, you know, I love playing golf, just not for the money or
anything. I’ve been itching to get out there. It doesn’t really matter
who’s around. I think with certain tournaments it might feel very
different, but for the most part, I think the first few months we’re
just going to be excited about playing.”
- TEAMtalk media