Xander Schauffele found himself firmly in contention for U.S. Open glory on Friday, as he carried on where he had left off in an outstanding opening round.
After shooting a bogey-free 66 to trail Rickie Fowler by one overnight, Schauffele briefly claimed a share of the lead in round two and was still only one off the pace after completing nine holes.
Few people may be familiar with Schauffele, so here's a quick guide to golf's newest emerging name.
- Schauffele is 23 years old and hails from La Jolla in California.
- According to his official PGA Tour profile, his surname is pronounced SHAW-fa-lay.
- The PGA Tour site also reveals Schauffele's mother is from Taiwan, while his father is half French and half German.
- A Tour rookie, Schauffele has made the cut in 10 out of 17 starts this season.
- He is ranked 352nd in the world, one place behind South Korea's Lee Dong-hwan and just ahead of Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland.
- This is Schauffele's first appearance at a major, after he came through sectional qualifying in Memphis.
- His best PGA Tour finish to date was achieved last October at the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he tied for fifth.
- As he moved into a share of the lead on Friday, Schauffele had just 86 followers on Twitter, despite holding a verified account. He is yet to tweet, but the PGA Tour said they will get him to post a message if his follower count rises to 5,000.