MEMFIS, Tenn. – Xander Schauffele had the mind to bring his Olympic gold medal with him to Memphis, just not enough bravado to wear it around his neck, when he came out of a two-day blunder to resume life at the PGA Tour after resuming won the Olympic men’s tournament on Sunday.
Schauffele arrived at TPC Southwind on Tuesday morning, about 48 hours after firing a final round of 67 to hold a victory of 1 over Rory Sabbatini, to prepare for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to begin.
On request, he made the gold medal out of his pocket.
“My father [Stefan] “I slept with it the first night, so I did not even have it with me the day I won it,” Schauffele said. He’s going to take it to San Diego, he’s going to take it home with his friends.
“But I told him I have some media to do, and I’m sure everyone wants to see the gold medal here. Similar to my moment in the sun.”
Schauffele tried to pull in as much as possible before leaving Japan, having a festive drink in the clubhouse, retreating to a hotel in Tokyo to see his Japanese grandparents, and turning himself into victory as much as possible before Departed from Japan on Monday morning for a trip to Memphis.
And, he said, consider skipping the Olympics.
“In all honesty, there was a part of me that considered not going,” he said. ‘I was joking with my wife about it when I called her.
‘With everything going on with COVID and everything, it was obviously weird and difficult for everyone. I decided not to be in the [Olympic] Village, about an hour and 20 minutes away. Unfortunately, I was also unable to visit the Village, which I am a little ashamed of.
“But as I go into that, I’d corrected my mindset on the whole matter and really just focused on this four-day golf tournament. Then I was able to take the podium after that, and I really realized how special it really is to be there. podium, and of course won a medal.
He arrived here on Monday morning and is now trying to adjust again.
“I think the biggest thing for me is to be able to hone this week and focus on the task,” he said. ‘What was done last week is done, and we’ll talk about it a bit more, but in addition I need to get back to the time zone, really start focusing more, switch back and try to play well this week. “Luckily I’m not coming to a new property that I’ve played a few times and had little success with, but I think I’m obviously in good shape overseas. Looking forward to the week.”
Schauffele, 27, has not won since winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in 2019, a period of more than two and a half years that has shown numerous close calls, as evidenced by his position at number 4 in the world .
He finishes in 10th place in the FedEx Cup points this week, with just two weeks left before the FedEx Cup playoffs. He is also in the sixth and final automatic qualifying position for the Ryder Cup, although he would almost certainly get a choice from the captain Steve Stricker if he falls out.
“I think playing really well and having a gold medal just feeds my energy,” he said. ‘I’m very excited to be back on the west coast but you want to win every week and now that I finally have the lead to win and be able to win all over again, that’s why I think everyone’s It’s the rush we’re really chasing , and it feels good and it’s very rewarding to pull off and I’m ready to get back to work. “