Golf Truly is an International Game

Xander Schauffele, the season-ending Tour Championship winner, probably epitomises best what the PGA TOUR is all about these days

Schauffele reacts as he wins the TOUR Championship

Schauffele and the merry band from the PGA TOUR should buckle up and prepare for a wild ride in the future after spending three weeks competing in the mega PGA TOUR events in Asia.

After a two-week break, the PGA TOUR’s 2017-18 season started in full earnest in early October with the Safeway Open in Napa, California, won by Brendan Steele. Then, the TOUR headed full steam to the Far East for the eighth staging of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, followed by the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China.

The three Asian stops are part of the TOUR’s expansive 49-leg FedExCup schedule which will visit five other countries outside of the United States. For a rising star like Shauffale with such a colourful family heritage, the opportunity to expand his horizons is an exhilarating prospect.

“I'm just excited to start the year off kind of on a different foot instead of in the States,” said Schauffele. “If you want to be one of the best players in the world, you have to be a global player. You have to collect fans in different countries and play well in different countries. I'm just really looking forward to the opportunity presented,” he said.