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The no-cut CJ Cup could put Xander Schauffele in the kind of freewheeling mindset in which he operates best

Xander Schauffele has an Olympic gold medal and winning Ryder Cup memories to file away for 2021, but those two details alone won’t make the past year of his golf life go down as a complete success. As he makes his first start of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season at this week’s CJ Cup at the Summit Club in Las Vegas, Schauffele reflected honestly on the past year.

“I feel not that I failed on the PGA Tour season, but I didn’t really accomplish what I wanted to,” he said. “And I did get worse in certain categories throughout the year, but I was able to step up to the plate in sort of, I guess, tournaments that don’t count for the PGA Tour, or to a certain extent, I should say.

“It’s an interesting feeling. I feel like I’ve had success, but then again I missed out on a lot of things that I wanted to accomplish on the PGA Tour.”

Success in the Ryder Cup – one of those “tournaments that don’t count” – certainly helped wash the bad taste out of his mouth from last season, but statistics gathered in the run-up to that event also exposed some harsh realities about his game.

“I mean, the scouts from the Ryder Cup let me know that from pretty much 80 to 140…

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