AUGUSTA Ga. — Xander Schauffele, in only his second Masters, was alone atop the leaderboard for a brief moment during the late stages of the final round on Sunday but said falling short to Tiger Woods in a major was like a dream.
Schauffele, who was playing two groups ahead of Woods, ended up one shot back of the five-time champion and when asked about the experience at Augusta National was anything but bitter.
“Like a dream, honestly,” said the 25-year-old Schauffele. “It’s what I watched as a kid. It’s what I watched growing up. Just everything about it, and for me to be a part of it and give it a good run ... it was an incredible experience today.”
Schauffele, who began the day five shots back of overnight leader Francesco Molinari, rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-four 14th hole that put him into the lead for all but a couple minutes.
“It’s hard to really feel bad about how I played, just because I just witnessed history,” he said. “It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Amen Corner, 15, 16, Tiger making the roars.”
Schauffele’s four-under-par 68 was one shot shy of the day’s low round and earned him his fourth top-10 result in his eighth major championship start.