Xander Schauffele Facts: 20 Things You Didn't Know About The 2024 PGA Champion

Get to know the Olympic gold medallist, PGA Champion and prolific PGA Tour winner better with the 20 facts

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Full nameAlexander Victor Schauffele
Date of birthOctober 25, 1993
BornSan Diego, California
Height5ft,10in
ResidesJupiter, Florida
SpouseMaya Lowe
CollegeLong Beach State University, San Diego State University
Turned pro2015
PGA Tour wins8
Major wins1 (2024 PGA Championship)
Career high world ranking2nd
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
CaddieAustin Kaiser
SponsorsCallaway, adidas, Descente
Twitter@XSchauffele
Instagram@xanderschauffele

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.

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 Schauffele's wife is Maya Lowe. She is a University of California graduate 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 is 2nd, which he reached after his 2024 PGA Championship win at Valhalla.

9. He became the first rookie ever to win the PGA Tour's 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 Majors finishes before winning the 2024 PGA Championship 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. He played in his second Ryder Cup in Rome 2023.

13. He signed with Japanese sports brand Descente in 2024.

14. His long-time caddie is Austin Kaiser, whom he played college golf with for the San Diego State Aztecs.

15. He is signed with Callaway Golf and plays a near-full bag of their products including ball.

16. He has made over 150 cuts on the PGA Tour.

17. As well as seven PGA Tour wins, he has a further 14 runner-up finishes.

18. He has earnings of $50m on the PGA Tour.

19. He is best friends with Patrick Cantlay, and their wives are also close friends. Xander and Patrick have teamed up at the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Zurich Classic.

20. He averaged 304.1 yards off the tee in the 22/23 PGA Tour season.

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 Schauffele's wife is Maya Lowe. She is a University of California graduate 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 is 3rd.

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. He won three points from four matches. He played in his second Ryder Cup in Rome 2023.

13. He signed with Japanese sports brand Descente in 2024.

14. His long-time caddie is Austin Kaiser, whom he played college golf with for the San Diego State Aztecs.

15. He won gold at the Covid-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, finishing one stroke clear of Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini.

16. He has made over 150 cuts on the PGA Tour.

17. He captured his maiden Major title at the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he birdied the 72nd hole to win by one and a set a new record score-to-par of -21.

18. He has earnings of $50m on the PGA Tour.

19. He is best friends with Patrick Cantlay, and their wives are also close friends. Xander and Patrick have teamed up at the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Zurich Classic.

20. He averaged 304.1 yards off the tee in the 22/23 PGA Tour season.

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