Behind the scenes of Xander Schauffele’s win | Seen and Heard at Valhalla Day 7

Welcome to’s “Seen & Heard” video series, in which we give you an inside look at golf’s biggest events through the eyes and ears of our onsite crew. On deck this week: the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Let’s go!

ICYMI: Jon Rahm’s PGA Tour flirtation, PGA arrivals | Seen and Heard at Valhalla Days 1 & 2
ICYMI: Rory McIlroy’s striking PGA appearance, Tiger Woods hunting | Seen and Heard at Valhalla Day 3
ICYMI: Records shatter on birdie-filled Thursday at PGA | Seen and Heard at Valhalla Day 4
ICYMI: Inside Scottie Scheffler’s chaotic morning | Seen and Heard at Valhalla Day 5
ICYMI: 3 PGA Moving Day disappointments | Seen and Heard at Valhalla Day 6

Sunday at the PGA Championship turned into a three-man horse race, with Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland battling to upsurp Xander Schauffele’s lead.

As the leaders got their rounds started, the players who had become the tournament’s supporting characters began to file through as they finished their rounds. Rory McIlroy signed for a 67 to finish T12. Scottie Scheffler capped his surreal week with a 66 to finish T8.

“Probably the strangest week of his golfing career, definitely,” GOLF’s Dylan Dethier said of Scheffler. “He came in as the overwhelming favorite. Left facing felony charges, still.”

As the afternoon deepened into early evening, the focus shifted to the contenders.

xander schauffele after winning the 2024 pga championship.
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By: GOLF Editors

Both Dethier and GOLF’s Sean Zak were bullish on Schauffele’s ability to close out his first major championship, and Schauffele came up big indeed, posting clutch birdies on 11 and 12 to keep his chasers at bay, and capping the day with a 6-footer on 18 for the win.

“He played like a player who deserves a major this entire week,” Zak said.

“There was a lot of chaos this week,” Dethier added. “I think in the end, we got the right guy. That’s all you can ask for.”

To catch up on all the GOLF team’s activities at Valhalla, check out the full video above. And stay tuned for more Seen & Heard, coming up from the U.S. Open at Pinehurst — the year’s third major championship — in just four short weeks. Editor

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on