Xander Schaufele didn’t have the greatest final on Sunday, but an even-par 70 was enough to do his best as he won the Genesis Scottish Open in North Berwick, Scotland, by one stroke over Kurt Kitayama.
Schaufele carded four birdies and four bogeys at The Renaissance Club to win his second consecutive PGA Tour event. In late June, he won the Travelers Championship.
The 7-under 273 total was the seventh career PGA Tour win for the 28-year-old Schaufele, who also won an Olympic gold medal in Japan last year.
“It was stressful. I’m not going to put make-up on a pig,” said Schaufele, who also won an unofficial pro event in Ireland earlier in the week. “It was a very ordinary day, probably my worst of the week.”
Schaufele shot a 65 in the second round and a 66 in the third to put himself in position for the win.
He made a crucial par save on the par-3 17th hole to take two shots to the 18th. The cushion came in handy as he missed the 7-foot par putt. He then made a bogey to get his third win of the season.
Only Scotty Scheffler (four) had more wins this season. Schaufele is tied for second with Sam Burns.
The San Diego State product was thrilled to win at the famous course.
“It’s special. It’s a different way to play here,” Schaufele said. “You have to play golf differently. The fans are incredible. They pushed me all day. It’s definitely a good win for me and my team.”
The toughest part of the day for Schaufele was that he bogeyed three holes during a four-hole stretch to complete the front nine. But instead of letting his round fall apart, he responded with six pars and two birdies over the next eight holes to all but end the tournament.
“I didn’t play very well,” Schaufele said. “I came out of the gate really well and kind of hit the wall and looked a little sketchy, as I like to say, and it was nice to kind of steady the ship on the way in.”
Kitayama posted his second 66 of the week — the second coming in the first round — to keep Schaufele from getting hot. He was the club leader when Schaufele completed his round.
Kitayama had six birdies and two bogeys on Sunday.
“I just knew I had to get off to a good start,” Kitayama said. “Yesterday I fumbled a little bit. So I knew I could do it in these conditions if I could be consistent until the end.”
Joohyun Kim of South Korea shot a 67 to finish alone in third at 5 under. Patrick Cantley and England’s Tommy Fleetwood also shot 67s to finish in a tie for fourth at 4-under 276.
Kim had four birdies and his lone bogey came on the 18th.
“I played really well today,” Kim said. “Also, I played bogey until the last hole and 18 is one of the hardest holes we’ve had this week and it was that last shot that broke a little bit obviously with nerves and everything “.
Cantlay was hot early with four birdies in the first seven holes. But he only had one more as he fired two bogeys to make it three shots.
Still, it was his best round of the tournament.
“I thought I played really well almost the whole time,” Cantley said. “I wasn’t getting the most out of every round and that probably made the difference, but other than that, you know, overall a really good week.”
Fleetwood had four birdies and his only bogey came on the 18th as well.
“Overall I played great today so I have to be happy with that,” Fleetwood said. “I think I’ve improved every day and throughout the week. Whatever happens, it’s a really good result and it’s a positive week.”
Kitayama, Brandon Wu and Jamie Donaldson of Wales qualified for the Open as the top three not already in next week’s tournament.
Wu (67 on Sunday) and Donaldson (67) tied for sixth at 3-under 277 with Cameron Tringale (70) and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick (70).
Jordan Spieth was among a six-way tie for 10th place at 2 under. He shot a 72 in the final round.