Rory McIlroy's knee-jerk US Open decision vindicated by Xander Schauffele admission

rory mcilroy's knee-jerk us open decision vindicated by xander schauffele admission

Xander Schauffele at the PGA Championship

Xander Schauffele has confessed to being "in denial" about the exhaustion he felt during the Travelers Championship amidst a hectic PGA Tour schedule.

The 30-year-old golfer, who's been on top form recently, has maintained his impressive streak at TPC River Highlands, sitting comfortably in 5th place during the third round. Despite his success, the PGA champion acknowledged that the intense series of games has taken its toll.

Following his second straight five-under 65 at the event, Schauffele opened up: "I think I was in a little bit of denial," he said. "This is probably the most in contention I've ever been in my life through a pretty hot stretch of golf.

"I think I'm probably more worn down than I thought I was, than I wanted to admit to my team. I think I got tired once everyone told me that I looked tired. I felt like I was fine."

Schauffele also noted the benefits of taking a break: "It's a lot of golf and, yeah, I think not playing this afternoon for myself is going to be helpful to sort of rest up and get ready for the weekend," he remarked. "It's been an amazing month for me - a few months, actually. For us golfers it's like a drug to be in contention.

"It's an awesome feeling. It's why we practice, it's why we play the game, at least speaking for myself. Having a lot of opportunities to be in that final group on Sunday, even though I haven't gotten it done very often, only once, actually, in the last two years, is all I could ask for."

Schauffele has opened up about the pressures of the tour just days after Rory McIlroy's announcement of a break following his U. S. Open disappointment. The Northern Irish superstar suffered a crushing blow as he missed out on a major win for the first time in ten years to Bryson DeChambeau.

McIlroy, while extending his congratulations to DeChambeau for clinching his second U.S. Open title, shared his plans to step back and reflect on his performance at Pinehurst No. 2.

He said: "As I reflect on my week, I'll rue a few things over the course of the tournament, mostly, the 2 missed putts on 16 and 18 on the final day. But, as I always try to do, I'll look at the positives of the week that far outweigh the negatives.

"As I said at the start of the tournament, I feel closer to winning my next major championship than I ever have. The one word that I would describe my career as is resilient. I've shown my resilience over and over again in the last 17 years and I will again."

Rory also announced his plan to take some time off to regroup before returning to defend his titles at the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Troon, concluding with: "I'm going to take a few weeks away from the game to process everything and build myself back up for my defense of the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Troon. See you in Scotland."

OTHER NEWS

38 minutes ago

CNBC TechCheck Evening Edition: July 17, 2024

38 minutes ago

'All fame reaches God': Suryakumar Yadav expresses heartfelt gratitude after being named India's T20I captain

38 minutes ago

Educating Yorkshire returns to screens with star teacher as head

38 minutes ago

Spencer Matthews reveals 'shocking' relationship with alcohol left him feeling 'ashamed' and how he's in the 'best shape of his life' after training for 30 marathons in 30 days

38 minutes ago

It Ain't Two is a 11/4 favourite to win the Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury, with the undefeated Time For Sandals a 9/2 shot for victory

38 minutes ago

The top five best and worst businesses to start in Australia right now - and anyone can do it

38 minutes ago

From watches to sunglasses: Here are 15 accessories to elevate your next run

38 minutes ago

Liverpool transfer news: Trent Alexander-Arnold considers exit as Reds sent advice

38 minutes ago

Travel money: How to spend smart on your holiday and 'golden rule' to remember

38 minutes ago

Chief inspector of police backs calls for higher salaries for officers

38 minutes ago

The Paris Olympics are almost here. Here are 5 things to know

38 minutes ago

Benji denies experienced coach theory

38 minutes ago

Rafael Nadal advances in Bastad after 4-hour quarterfinal

38 minutes ago

Joe Mixon embracing expectations for Texans' season

38 minutes ago

3 Questions About New Rockets Forward Jack McVeigh

38 minutes ago

Microsoft Reportedly Eliminates Its DEI Department Due To ‘Changing Business Needs’ But Claims Its ‘D&I Commitments Remain Unchanged’

38 minutes ago

First look at all-new Qantas A350-1000 aircraft

38 minutes ago

Jammu attacks: Pakistan's new terror game plan

38 minutes ago

MAGGIE PAGANO: IT outage shows cash still reigns supreme

38 minutes ago

Golf-Lowry and Brown lead British Open

38 minutes ago

Three killed in Russian strike on residential building in Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv

39 minutes ago

Jodie Marsh admits she wants to reverse her glamour model boob job after quitting fame to start an animal sanctuary - but reveals surgeons refuse to operate

39 minutes ago

Myanmar's civil war has seen a devastating increase in attacks on schools, researchers say

39 minutes ago

Malaysia honors a new king in coronation marked by pomp and cannon fire

39 minutes ago

50 years after Cyprus split in two, celebrations and lamentations coincide

39 minutes ago

Nigel Farage sparks anger over ‘inflammatory’ Leeds riot comments

39 minutes ago

Strictly Come Dancing’s Nadiya Bychkova denies making complaint to BBC about show

39 minutes ago

Eddie Murphy finds action scenes 'harder' in his sixties

39 minutes ago

Image of Caitlin Clark displayed on hood of Josh Berry’s car for Brickyard 400

39 minutes ago

Shivaji Maharaj's wagh-nakh returns home after centuries but is it real?

39 minutes ago

Brothers Pujan & Sujan Sarkar Offer Elegant Indian Dining At San Francisco's Tiya

39 minutes ago

India reacts to US envoy's remarks following Modi’s Russia trip

39 minutes ago

Recovering from the global tech outage could be a long, arduous process

39 minutes ago

Ashley Roberts sets pulses racing in a sexy sheer lilac corset and matching trousers as she enjoys a night out at PIRANA London

39 minutes ago

UK weather: Britain's roads will be far busier than usual today as day-trippers flock to the coast to enjoy scorching 29C heat - but thunderstorms are on way and mini-heatwave is already over

39 minutes ago

Limited time offer: You've only got 24 hours to get 35% off the Ninja Creami that 'turns ANYTHING into ice cream' - and it's the best price you'll find!

39 minutes ago

Act fast! Save £80 on Shark's top-rated pet vacuum cleaner - now less than £150 in limited-time offer (it's rated better than Dyson by users)

39 minutes ago

Team GB gold medal hope Josh Kerr has message for rival ahead of Paris

39 minutes ago

Got $3,000? 3 Dividend Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Long Term

39 minutes ago

Hardik Pandya was entitled to T20I captaincy, koi aisa galat kaam nahi kia: Mohammad Kaif

ALONGWALKER VIETNAM: Kênh khám phá trải nghiệm của giới trẻ, thế giới du lịch ALONGWALKER INDONESIA: Saluran untuk mengeksplorasi pengalaman para pemuda global