LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Mackenzie Hughes and Xander Schauffele have been in the same boat this season during their maiden voyage on the PGA Tour.
The rookies have each had to learn to maneuver around golf courses they’d never seen while playing against the best players in the world. Figure out the best places to stay and eat in destinations they’d never visited. Face, at times, erratic schedules that had them on the road for long periods.
“Everyone knows what it’s like for rookies,” Hughes said.
But the two have more than held their own. Each won their first Tour title – Hughes at the RSM Classic last fall, Schauffele at the Greenbrier Classic in July. Each has won more than $2.3 million. Each have seven top-20s in the 2016-17 wraparound season.
And both are one good week from cashing big time at next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Heading into Thursday’s start of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Cub – the third event of the four in the FedExCup Playoffs – Hughes is No….