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). 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.
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].
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].
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 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].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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