Xander Schauffele is a rising star in professional golf, and he is earning high praise from his contemporaries. In September, Golf Digest named him the top story of the season and putting him third behind Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka. In a recent Golf Channel appearance, Schauffele revealed that his father, Daniel, was his real hero. But he also made one admission: he has been getting a bit greedy about the Olympic gold medal his son captured in Rio.
“My dad is my hero. He’s a pretty big hero, but it’s really cool to have someone whose career I’ve studied and liked to follow, to go out there and break the barrier,” Schauffele said. “I’ve been on tour long enough now where I really appreciate the moment and what I did. But my dad’s still not done. My dad was the one who taught me everything I know about golf. I was a very fortunate kid.”
From Sneed’s interview:
So how are things looking on his return trip to Brazil? The beard and all! “To tell you the truth, I’m not getting a gold medal from the Olympics. I’m making it the 25th year in a row that I’ve been on Tour. He’s an Olympic champion, so I’m going to give him a gold medal next year. I’m going to play like I’m the man, like I’m taking care of my gold medal.
Schauffele, 23, is from the San Diego area, a mere 90 minutes from the Rose Bowl, where he will play in Thursday’s NCAA Men’s Golf Championship semifinals.