AJGA alumni Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele jumped out to the first round lead and never looked back at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. After finishing T11 at 15-under-par 273 in 2021, the duo returned with a vengeance, winning the tournament by two shots at 29-under-par 259.
The star-studded team kicked off the tournament with a 13-under-par 59 in four-ball. They followed that up with a 4-under-par 68 in foursomes during round two. With two players of this caliber, it's merely an expectation that they dominate the four-ball sessions, and that's exactly what they did for the second time in three days, posting a 12-under-par 60 in round three.
Knowing they were in the driver's seat heading into the final round, Cantlay and Schauffele set out to play a steady round of golf that minimized mistakes. The pair did just that to start the round, carding six consecutive pars before extending their lead with an eagle on the par-5 No. 7. They followed that up with a par and a bogey to make the turn at 1-under-par 35.
Cantlay and Schauffele made another bogey to start the back nine, but they quickly countered it with a birdie on the par-5 No. 11 to get back under-par for the round. The pair posted six consecutive pars from there, giving themselves a three-shot lead heading into No. 18. With water down the entire right side of the hole, Cantlay hit his tee shot to the left rough. Schauffele followed by laying up to the left side of the fairway. Despite Cantlay's approach shot coming up short of the green and the duo ultimately making bogey on the hole, it was enough to secure the win.
During their junior golf careers, Cantlay and Schauffele both competed in several AJGA tournaments. Cantlay was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American who won the 2008 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior. Schauffele earned four top-10 finishes out of nine AJGA appearances.