Name:Alexander Victor Schauffele
Born:Oct 25, 1993 in La Jolla, San Diego County, California.
Original/Home Club:Scripps Ranch H.S.
Olympic Games gold medal (2021, Tokyo). Ryder Cup player (2021). Presidents Cup player (2019). Multiple PGA Tour wins. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2017).
Taking his family name from his German-born father Stefan, Alexander "Xander" Schauffele comes from an accomplished sporting family. His father could have competed at the Olympic Games in track and field, had it not been for a life-changing accident in his early-twenties. Amongst Xander's ancestors are two football (soccer) stars, who played at the highest club level in Germany and Austria.
After enjoying an excellent amateur career, which included wins in the California State High School Championship and California State Amateur Championship, Schauffele turned professional in 2015. After playing a full season on the second-tier Web.com Tour, he moved up to the full PGA Tour in 2017, finishing the year with two wins and the Rookie of the Year award.
Played as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Apr 21-24; two-man team event: betterball rounds 1&3; alternate shot rounds 2&4). Second-placed Sam Burns (USA) & Billy Horschel (USA) finished 2 shots behind wire-to-wire winning team of Xander Schauffele (USA) & Patrick Cantlay (USA). The two winners each took home $1,199,350 in first place prize mony. [TPC Louisiana, Avondale, nr New Orleans, LA].
Olympic Games Men's Individual golf event (Jul 29-Aug 1; postponed from 2020 due to global coronavirus pandemic; Summer Olympic Games XXXII). Gold-medal winner Xander Schauffele (USA) finished 1 shot ahead of silver-medallist Rory Sabbatini (Slovakia). Three shots off the lead and in a seven-way playoff for the bronze medal, Chengtsung "C.T." Pan (Taiw) beat Collin Morikawa (USA) at the fourth playoff hole (par-4 18th). Rory McIlroy (N.Ire), Guillermo "Mito" Pereira (Chile) and Sebastián Muñoz (Colom) were eliminated at the third playoff hole. Paul Casey (Eng) and Hideki Maruyama (Jpn) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Kasumigaseki CC, Kawagoe, Saitama, nr Tokyo].
Played as the Sentry Tournament of Champions (Jan 3-6; first PGA Tr event in 2019; PGA Tr 2018/19 season). Second-placed Gary Woodland (USA) finished 1 shot behind Schauffele (USA). [Plantation course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
Played as the WGC-HSBC Champions (Oct 25-28; co-sanctioned by world's leading mens professional tours). Schauffele (USA) beat Tony Finau (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th) to claim his first WGC win. [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].
Xander Schauffele (USA) won the PGA Tour 2016-17 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished 12th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $4,312,674.
Played as the Tour Championship (Sept 21-24; last of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Justin Thomas (USA) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old Schauffele (USA), the first PGA Tour rookie to win the Tour Championship. Thomas's runner-up finish gave him enough points to win the season-long FedEx Cup competition. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
Played as the Greenbrier Classic (July 6-9). Second-placed Robert Streb (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Schauffele (USA), who birdied the par-3 18th hole on the final day to clinch the win. [Old White TPC course, Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].
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