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Why Xander Schauffele hasn’t closed door on jumping to LIV Golf

CROMWELL, Conn. — Xander Schauffele knows the rumors have been flying like the majestic approach shots he launched onto all 18 of the TPC River Highlands greens in Thursday at the Travelers Championship.

Schauffele — at age 28, ranked 15th in the world, a five-time PGA Tour winner who’s finished inside the top seven of eight major championships since 2017 — has been a prime target for the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf tour.

He checks every box for LIV Golf: young, already accomplished as an Olympic gold medal winner and in his prime.

Word on the street among some players and caddies is that Schauffele will eventually follow Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, three fellow players in the prime of their careers who’ve made the leap to the deep-pocketed, Saudi-backed tour that’s ruffling the feathers of the PGA Tour establishment.

Schauffele has had a lot on his mind of late.

You’d never know it by the 7-under-par 63 he posted in the first round of the Travelers, leaving him one shot behind Rory McIlroy and J.T. Poston.

It was, indeed, a spectacular start for Schauffele. But questions linger about where he goes from here. Not the next three at the Travelers, but after that. To LIV or not to LIV?

Xander Schauffele hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship.
Xander Schauffele hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship.
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“I’m very comfortable with where I’m at right now … on the PGA Tour,’’ Schauffele told The Post after his round in a transparent, wide-ranging interview. “You’ve got to kind of speak in generalities, obviously, so you don’t get yourself in trouble [later].’’

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