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Genesis Scottish Open: Xander Schauffele holds on to narrow victory at Renaissance Club | Golf News

The event was jointly sanctioned by the PGA Tour and DP World Tour for the first time, with Schauffele taking victory on the final day after a level par 70. Kurt Kitayama, Brandon Wu and Jamie Donaldson have booked spots at The Open through the Open Qualifying Series

Last updated: 07/10/22 21:39

Watch the highlights from day four of the Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

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Watch the highlights from day four of the Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

Watch the highlights from day four of the Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

Xander Schauffele survived a last-round scare to claim his second straight PGA Tour win with a one-shot win at the Genesis Scottish Open.

Coming through an eventful final day at The Renaissance Club, Schauffele topped a crowded leaderboard with a level par 70 enough to finish the week seven under and fend off fellow countryman Kurt Kitayama.

The Olympic gold medalist, who won last month’s Travelers Championship and was also victorious at the JP McManus Pro-Am earlier this week, took a two-shot lead on the final day and quickly doubled his lead with birdies on his first two holes.

Schauffele's victory is his second on the DP World Tour and first since the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions

Schauffele’s victory is his second on the DP World Tour and first since the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions

Schauffele went from sand to sand on his way to a sixth bogey, failing to get up and down one greenside bunker to save par on the next, with another dropped shot on the ninth locking him in the turn shot behind Kitayama.

Kitayama bogeyed his penultimate hole but under-saved on the final par on six, while Schauffele pushed forward with a birdie on the 14th and a two-putt win on the par-5 16th to give himself the luxury of the win one last hole to secure leprechaun.

Xander Schauffele says winning the Scottish Open is very special but it's been an incredibly stressful day.

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Xander Schauffele says winning the Scottish Open is very special but it’s been an incredibly stressful day.

Xander Schauffele says winning the Scottish Open is very special but it’s been an incredibly stressful day.

“Yes, it’s stressful,” said Schauffele. “I’m not going to put makeup on the pig here, it’s been a very average day and probably my worst this week. You really can’t beat yourself in links golf, I was ahead, I was behind, I was ahead, I was behind. Just put my head down “

A second-place finish for Kitayama earned him one of three spots for The 150th Open via the Open Qualifying Series, which were awarded to the leading players in the top-10 who aren’t already exempt, with Brandon Wu and Jamie Donaldson making up the others two last-minute secured invites upon completion in a share of six.

Joohyung Kim finished third ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Tommy Fleetwood, while US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and first-round leader Cameron Tringale finished the week four strokes behind in sixth place alongside Wu and Donaldson.

Jordan Spieth did a double-bogey and three bogeys on his back nine during a final 72, pushing him back to tenth place, which also included Cameron Smith, while Max Homa eliminated the contest with a one-over-71.

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