Xander Schauffele reveals his father is ‘hogging’ his Olympic gold medal


Schauffele secured private glory by successful Olympic gold in Tokyo earlier than, a month later, toasting squad success on house soil with Staff US in a traditionally dominant Ryder Cup victory over Europe.

It’s the end result of a breakout yr for the American, rising to world No. four in golf’s rankings, along with his crowning second coming on the Kasumigaseki Nation Membership in Kasahata, Saitama, Japan, following a dramatic closing day’s motion.

Schauffele’s commanding lead was slashed earlier than he recovered to pip Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini by a shot. Having overcome the added difficulties posed by pandemic, the American’s achievement was made much more particular by the actual fact his grandparents dwell in Japan.

“It was difficult,” Schauffele admitted to CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell. “I had numerous assist round me with a purpose to reach Japan.
Schauffele celebrates with the gold medal.

“From somebody bringing the ice and meals as a result of I wasn’t allowed to go away my lodge room … there have been lots of people that made my week a lot simpler with the Covid restrictions.

“I used to be in a position to additionally see my grandparents proper earlier than I left … so I used to be in a position to present them the gold medal. It is actually cool to impress an 85-year-old one that’s been on this planet and seen so many issues.

“For them to get goosebumps holding the gold medal was actually particular for me — it was an actual deal with proper earlier than I left the nation.”

There have been extra particular household moments that emerged from Schauffele’s Tokyo journey, this time along with his father, who basked within the achievement of a “shared dream” following his son’s victory.

“It is large,” Schauffele stated. “We spoke lots about successful massive tournaments and main championships — once we shared sure desires — however his dream from a younger age was to be an Olympian, nonetheless a gold medalist, so it was a extremely particular evening.

“That evening, he slept with the gold medal — I did not even have it with me. I’ve it with me right here in Las Vegas, however he is been kind of hogging it again at house and displaying it to his pals, so I can inform how a lot it means to him.

“The longer time goes on, the extra it actually sinks in and we have talked how a lot it means to myself, but in addition to share it with my workforce. It has been a extremely superior expertise thus far.”

Schauffele stands on the podium while wearing the gold medal after  winning the golf tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Smug chug

Schauffele completed 18th within the CJ Cup final week as Rory McIlroy received his 20th PGA Tour title, the Irishman bouncing again in type following a tearful exit from the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy’s ache was America’s achieve at Whistling Straights, Schauffele reveling within the celebrations with followers regardless of dropping to McIlroy on the ultimate day.

“Successful is clearly a really particular factor, however I really feel like I used to be in a position to have a number of moments with the followers there on the finish,” Schauffele stated.

“I will blame the followers for me being so drunk in that interview. It is a factor in Wisconsin to chug — Aaron Rodgers and his linemen at all times chug on the Milwaukee Bucks recreation — so I felt it was essential to get the crowds concerned.

“Shedding my match early — I simply went to the followers they usually actually pulled me by way of that. Simply the entire ambiance of competitors was actually cool, however the followers made it actually particular as nicely.”

With 2023’s Ryder Cup set for Italy, the dominant method of this yr’s victory will give the US confidence of their bid avenge the convincing away defeat suffered at Le Golf Nationwide, France in 2018.

Although if Schauffele’s revelations are something to go by, Staff US could also be heading again to Europe with an underdog’s mindset regardless.

“Our workforce began speaking about how we felt like underdogs,” Shauffele stated.

“We wished to play with a chip on our shoulders and we shared that mentality, so once we stepped on the grass, we actually felt that we shared that thought course of.

“We had been on the market with nothing to lose since we had been getting our butts kicked for fairly a while.

“Clearly, we set the file, however for essentially the most half, we have to get again to our particular person processes and have an analogous components of simpleness once we get abroad.”

Schauffele plays his second shot on the second hole during Sunday's singles matches of the 43rd Ryder Cup.

‘A really good contact’

The camaraderie of Schauffele’s US workforce throughout their Ryder Cup domination of Europe was clear for all to see, and an important function of their success.

The Individuals’ 10-point margin of victory surpassed the earlier file of 9, a feat of teamwork made all of the extra spectacular by the subtext of Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka’s rivalry, which had intensified within the run-up to the crushing US victory at Whistling Straights.

Eye rolls, heckles, social media jabs — the pair’s rivalry has acquired widespread protection over the previous few months, however Schauffele believes the spat has been blown out of proportion.

“They’re each very particular person, similar to each different professional out right here. Everybody has their separate groups, that is why Ryder Cups are so exhausting to get everybody on the identical web page.

“I take a look at this workspace, like an workplace. And so there’s some individuals you need speak to, some individuals you do not wish to speak to, and generally you do not speak to anyone since you’re too busy getting your work completed.”

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DeChambeau and Koepka attend the opening ceremony for the 43rd Ryder Cup.

The closing scenes of Staff USA’s Ryder Cup press convention following their victory — which noticed DeChambeau and Koepka hug in entrance of their cheering teammates — would definitely assist claims of a truce, although Schauffele revealed the embrace presumably got here with a caveat.

“They might have solely hugged as a result of they had been each ingesting, I’ve no clue,” Schauffele joked.

“Nevertheless it was enjoyable, it actually added the additional kick to our interview. Our interview was fairly humorous all together with all of the personalities we’ve got up on stage and so to complete it off with a Bryson and Brooks hugs was a really good contact.”