White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia – PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele who showed the golf world what he was capable of at Erin Hills (finishing in a tie for fifth at the U.S Open three weeks earlier), made birdie on the 72nd Hole to capture his first PGA Tour victory at C.B McDonald’s Greenbrier Old White Course.
Schauffele’s pitching wedge to 3 feet on the last got him into the clubhouse at 14 under par after a final round 67. Then all he could do is wait as Robert Streb (69) and 54 hole leader Sebastian Munoz attempted to better or tie the mark. Streb came the closest – finishing one shot back (notching his second straight runner up finish on the Old White Course). Jamie Lovemark (69) and Munoz finished at 12 under par tied for third.
The 2017 event was truly a dedication to the people of West Virginia and their remarkable recovery following last summer’s catastrophic floods that devastated the region and destroyed much of the resort and it’s neighboring town of White Sulphur Springs. As a result, the 2016 event was cancelled and it appeared unlikely that the facility would be ready for this year, but Governor and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice rallied the community and provided the necessary resources to get it done in time for the world’s best players.
In response to his final swing from 162 yards (wedge), the 23 year old former All-American from San Diego State said: “That birdie on 18 is not one that’s going to come along very often, so I’m just very fortunate to do it.”
Schauffele, Streb, Lovemark and Munoz all qualified for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale by virtue of their finish at the Greenbrier.