12 Things You Didn't Know About Xander Schauffele

Get to know the young American a little better with these 12 facts you didn't know

12 Things You Didn't Know About Xander Schauffele
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12 Things You Didn't Know About Xander Schauffele

1. His full name is Alexander Victor Schauffele.

2. He was born and raised in San Diego, California.

3. 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.

4. His father Stefan was an Olympic hopeful for Germany in the decathlon before a head-on car accident with a drunk driver ended his chances.

In the video below, Schauffele speaks about his relationship with the Open Championship and his thoughts on the Home Of Golf. 

5. 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.

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

7. In 2016, he 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.

8. His best world ranking so far is 4th.

9. 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.

10. His 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.

11. He won the Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, finishing one clear of Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini.

12. He 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.