Schauffele maintains focus to stay in the mix at U.S. Open

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (BNA): Xander Schauffele says his quick pep talk to himself after enduring three bogeys from behind helped him shift momentum and stay in the mix to win his first US Open title.

Reuters reports that Schavelli smashed a difficult final two holes at Los Angeles Country Club on Friday to follow up his history-making opening round 62 with a par 70 and sitting on the back of leader Rickie Fowler.

“A few steps in, get over it,” Schaffel said when asked what he said to himself after he left the 15th, where he made his fourth bogey of the day and third in a row.

“So, I got over things really quickly today. I was upset, but I knew I was swinging too well to let the round get away from me, so it was nice to finish well.”

Schauvelli, who has racked up five top-10 finishes in his six matches at the US Open, is in search of his first major title, which he has come tantalizingly close to capturing time and time again on the sport’s biggest stages.

He said he’s looking forward to the extra sleep that will come with Saturday’s late pole time, being paired with Rory McIlroy.

He said he would embrace the tougher course conditions that would come with the weekend’s warmer weather and require him to put his best foot forward.

He said, “You just have to hit your spots.”

“I got dirty in certain places, lost my phone number, and made a bogey pretty quickly. If you want to avoid doing that, you just have to do better, and that’s what the course is going to ask of you on a weekend.”

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