Xander Schauffele Profile
|Short Name||Bubble Boy|
|Born||Oct 25, 1993|
|Birthplace||San Diego, California, United States|
Xander Schauffele announced himself with a record-breaking victory in the 2017 Tour Championship and added to his list of achievements by winning Olympic gold in Japan in 2021.
Alexander Victor Schauffele, known as Xander on the PGA Tour, comes from a family with rich sporting heritage.
His father, a German-French immigrant, was his first and only swing coach, whilst his great-grandfathers were both soccer players in Germany, and one of them also represented his country in track and field.
Schauffele's father has constructed a superb swing which allows his son to be ranked among the purest ball-strikers in the game.
He is also long and whilst he has earned the respect of his peers, and proved himself consistent at the highest level, he has never garnered a great deal of attention from the wider public.
Part of the famous graduating 'class' of 2011 that also includes Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Daniel Berger, Schauffele's biggest wins to date are the 2017 Tour Championship and the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions.
Unlike the stars of his generation, Schauffele spent a full four years at university, graduating with a degree in social sciences.
He was a decorated collegiate golfer for San Diego State University after transferring from Long Beach State in his sophomore year.
While a Major continues to elude him despite several near misses, Schauffele added to his list of achievements by winning a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
In his senior year at Scripps Ranch High School, Schauffele won the individual California State High School Championship.
After graduating, he went on to Long Beach State University for his freshman year, catching the eye of scouts with a 2012 season that saw him named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big West.
He would transfer to San Diego State after his freshman year and spent three years at the campus. An excellent student, Schauffele won the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team Award twice during his stint at the school.
Schauffele holds a number of school records including all-time lowest tournament score against par (-17) and all-time career scoring average (71.50).
Over his four-year college career, Schauffele played in exactly 50 events, recording top-10 finishes in 27 and winning three times.
Schauffele's first move in the pro ranks was to earn a Web.com Tour card and in his first season he didn't earn graduation through the regular season, but made up for it with a fine performance at the Tour Finals.
He struggled for much of his rookie campaign on the PGA Tour in 2016-17 but the season burst into life with tied fifth at the US Open, a result that hinted at his future success at Major Championship level and also set him up for a breakthrough a few weeks later.
He carded four rounds in the 60s for a first time on the PGA Tour at the Greenbrier Classic, enough to claim a first win, and a strong effort in the FedExCup Playoffs which followed saw him sneak into the Tour Championship.
Taking on the cream of the PGA Tour crop, Schauffele vaulted himself into world-class consideration with a week of superb golf and birdie at the 72nd hole confirmed a one-stroke victory over Justin Thomas.
He became the first rookie to ever win the Tour Championship.
On the back of that terrific performance, he also became the fourth member of that 'class' of 2011 to claim PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors after Jordan Spieth (2013), Daniel Berger (2015) and Emiliano Grillo (2016).
Schauffele set a high bar for himself with that Major Championship debut and he has maintained the pace.
Indeed, he finished top six in his first four starts at the US Open and made the top 20 at the PGA Championship in both 2019 and 2020.
He finished T20th on debut in the 2017 British Open and was in a tie for third the following year at Carnoustie.
Playing his second Masters in 2019 he found himself in another fourth-round scramble.
Two shots off the lead at the start of the day, Schauffele held a share of the lead on the back nine. However, while he made par at each of his final four holes, Tiger Woods birdied 15 and 16 which would help the legend clinch a famous win.
In the 2021 Masters he played in the last group of the final round alongside the 54 hole leader Hideki Matsuyama. He recovered from a poor start, but not sufficiently to mount a sustained challenge - he finished tied third.
Schauffele's fondness for thriving in elite fields has been evident outside the Majors.
He finished tied second on his debut in THE PLAYERS Championship in 2018, won the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions later that year, and added more success at the 2019 Tournament of Champions.
His swing stands up to the highest pressure, his length allows him to cope with the biggest tests, and his calm approach is also in his favor.
He was the low-scorer at the 2020 Tour Championship, but owing to the handicapped shot system, he didn't win the tournament.
Schauffele ended a two-year win drought by taking victory in the men's Olympic golf tournament in Japan in the summer of 2021.
In a tense finish, the Californian got up and down for par at the last to shoot 18-under and score a one-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini.
Given his family connections to Japan and father's heartbreak at missing the 1988 Games in Seoul after being in a car accident, the victory had extra resonance.
Xander Schauffele's personal life
Both of Schauffele's parents are immigrants who are naturalized US citizens. His father was from Germany and of mixed French and German extraction. His mother was born in Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and grew up in Japan.
His father Stefan was an accomplished athlete whose career was cut short when he was struck by a drunk driver, causing extensive injuries and leaving him blind in one eye.
Stefan was more than just Xander's father, he was his coach and a hard-nosed one at that, instilling a mental toughness in his son from an early age.
Schauffele has been dating Maya Lowe since 2014. The couple met while at university in San Diego, although they attended different colleges.
Lowe still resides in San Diego but has been seen accompanying her beaux at PGA Tour events on occasion.
Xander Schauffele's net worth
Schauffele's net worth has been estimated to be $19million, largely bolstered by PGA Tour winnings and lucrative sponsorships.
In 2018, he jumped ship from being a TaylorMade athlete to becoming one of the Tour's many Callaway staffers. He is also kitted out by Adidas and luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet.
Schauffele is also sponsored by software company Hyland and insurance providers Aon.
Xander Schauffele News
- Jan 24, 2023