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stressful that round was—how stressful DJ made that. I know for a fact, that was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life ever there on 18.” It was no surprise that Johnson was the one applying heat on his friend and rival. Johnson has been in the mix often this season, including a T5 at THE PLAYERS and T2 at the Masters. By winning the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, Johnson became only the 38th player in PGA TOUR history to reach 20 or more career victories. As proof of his place in the current era, Johnson is the first player born after 1980 to reach 20 victories. Like Kuchar, Schauffele got off to a hot start early this season, winning the World Golf Championships-HSBC Championship in China then taking the trophy at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Schauffele is still getting used to being one of the best in the game. 30  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019, Part 2

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“I just still feel like an underdog,” Schauffele said after his second win of the season. “I feel like until you’re No. 1, you’re chasing. So guys like Bryson [DeChambeau] and Justin [Thomas] … JT’s put together a ton of good years. Brooks has been crushing it. So they keep putting that flag way out there for me to go and chase, and I feel like that’s what I’ve been doing.” As the action during the first part of the season proved, wherever the bar is set, a wave of talent on the PGA TOUR is eager to excel. Things will shake out in August, with THE NORTHERN TRUST and BMW Championship Playoff events leading into a revamped play-foreverything TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. The TOUR Championship will have a new feel, but familiar faces will have a big say in the outcome as an action-packed season comes to close. ■

Xander Schauffele is a multiple winner in 2018-19, including a triumph at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

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