10 Things You Didn’t Know About Xander Schauffele

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Xander Schauffele

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Xander Schauffele has made a name for himself on the PGA Tour.

With an impressive list of accomplishments, including multiple Tour victories, an Olympic gold medal and a stellar international competition record, Schauffele has quickly become one of the most promising players in the game. This week at the PGA Championship, he took his next step towards stardom with a PGA Championship victory.

Let’s take a closer look at his journey and the milestones that have shaped his career.

Quadruple Citizenship

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Xander boasts four legal nationalities. He has German and French from his father’s side, Taiwanese from his mother’s, and American from both sides as well.

Class of 2011

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Xander is part of golf’s high school Class of 2011 that includes, among others, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

Education and Transfer

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Xander originally went to Long Beach State University before transferring during his sophomore year to San Diego State University. He graduated with a degree in Social Sciences in 2015.

Web.com Tour Near-Miss

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In 2016, Xander played a full season on the Web.com Tour and missed out on securing his PGA Tour card by less than $1,000. He earned his full card at the Web.com Tour Finals later that year.

Rookie of the Year

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He became the first rookie ever to win the Tour Championship in 2017. Along with his victory at the 2017 Greenbrier Classic, Schauffele won the 2016-17 Rookie of the Year award as a result of his sublime play.

Close Calls at Majors

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Prior to this week, Xander’s best finish in a major came at the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie. Going into the final round tied for the lead, Schauffele shot 74 to finish two back of Francesco Molinari in a tie for second place. He was also T2nd at the 2019 Masters. He’s finished inside the top-10 at 12 different majors.

Olympic Gold Medalist

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Xander won the Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, finishing one clear of Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini.

Ryder Cup Debut

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Xander made his Ryder Cup debut for Team USA in 2021 at Whistling Straits after being named as one of Steve Stricker’s wildcard picks. He won three points from four matches.

Personal Life

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Xander is married to University of California graduate Maya Lowe and they have been together since 2014.

Career Earnings

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Xander ranks 21st in PGA Tour All-Time Career Earnings with $46,598,394.