Xander Schauffele Wins 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions
Past Dell Technologies Match Play champions Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy finish T4
AUSTIN, Texas – Xander Schauffele opened 2019 with his second consecutive victory with a one-shot win in the exclusive, winners-only field at the Sentry Tournament of Champions Sunday, tying the course record with an 11-under 62 in the final round to come from five shots back and defeat Gary Woodland by one shot. With his second victory of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, Schauffele sits atop the FedExCup points standings and has assured himself a spot in the field at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play March 27-31 when the top 64 players in the world head to Austin Country Club to compete in the only individual match-play event on the PGA TOUR schedule.
After opening with a bogey on the first at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, Schauffele reeled off two eagles and eight birdies over his last 17 holes hold off Woodland for his fourth career PGA TOUR victory. The 25-year-old opened the 2018-19 Season with a win at the first World Golf Championships event of the season, winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China and is now the highest ranked American in the 2019 Presidents Cup standings following his back-to-back victories.
Schauffele moved up to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings following his win in Hawaii and is all but assured of being the top ranked player of his group at the Dell Technologies Match Play as one of the top 16 ranked players in the world. The San Diego, California native made his first appearance at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in 2018 and went 2-1 in group play but failed to advance to the round of 16 after falling 3&1 to Sergio Garcia in the third match of group play. If Schauffele were to win any of the last three World Golf Championships events of the 2018-19 Season, he’d join Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as the only players in history to win multiple World Golf Championships events in a season.
Dell Technologies Match Play defending champion Bubba Watson finished 31st in his first start of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Past Dell Technologies Match Play champions Dustin Johnson (2017) and Rory McIlroy (2015) each finished T4 at Kapalua.
Tickets for the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play are expected to sell out for a fourth consecutive year and tickets are once again going quickly with daily grounds tickets ($120-150 plus fees and taxes) available for purchase for the first time since the tournament moved to Austin. Weekly grounds tickets ($405 plus taxes and fees) remain on sale and total onsite attendance is once again limited to 10,000 per day.
With a rare, match-play format consisting of the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, the Dell Technologies Match Play field annually consists of the very best players from around the world from all Tours. It is a given that fans attending the Dell Technologies Match Play will see players like Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and defending champion Bubba Watson in the field.
The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar—it is one in a series of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.