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Xander Schauffele is the new PGA champion.

Schauffele claimed his maiden major in dramatic style at Valhalla with a birdie to pip Bryson DeChambeau at the finish line.

He nailed his nervy six-footer at the last to win with the lowest score in men’s major history after holding off epic charges from DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland.

Here are eight things the 30-year-old American gets for his epic win….

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The Wanamaker Trophy

What it was all about. Schauffele gets to keep the Wanamaker, one of sport’s largest trophies, for a year and receives a replica when the original etched with his name is returned.

Money, money, money

Just the $3.33million on this occasion for Schauffele. It’s a record tournament cheque after Brooks Koepka pocketed $3.15million for last year’s victory at Oak Hill.

World rankings

Schaufffele received 100 OWGR points for his win and is now up to a career-high second in the world rankings, displacing Rory McIlroy who had beaten him so convincingly in their Sunday showdown at the previous week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

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Five-year major exemption

Every major champion gets a five-year exemption into golf’s four prime events and Schauffele won’t have to worry about major qualification for a long time.

PGA Championship exemption

Winners of the PGA Championship get a lifetime exemption into the tournament, so Schauffele will be able to return to this major as a past champion for as long as he likes.

FedEx Cup Points

Schauffele picks up 750 FedEx Cup points, leaving him second and the best of the rest in the standings during a season that has otherwise been dominated by Scottie Scheffler.

Seat the table

Just like at the Masters, the PGA Championship hosts an annual champions dinner, a tradition that dates back to 1965. Schauffele will be welcomed by some of the greats of the game at that table at Quail Hollow next year.

The new narrative

It may well be immaterial for Schauffele, who tries to block outside noise.

But he was for so long labelled golf’s nearly man and he has now silenced those who questioned his ability to close out on the biggest stages. Now that burden has been lifted, there will be a belief that he can become a multiple major champion.

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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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