Xander Schauffele has splendidly constructed off his 2016-17 Rookie of the 12 months marketing campaign, the place he earned his first top-5 end at a majors championship along with his fifth place displaying on the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The following season, he tied for 2nd on the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie with a 6-under par.
He finds himself on acquainted floor on the 2019 Masters, presently sitting in 2nd place with a 6-under coming into third spherical motion Saturday. He trails at 5-way tie at 7-under, and is presently in lockstep with Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods and Justin Harding.
Like Woods, Schauffele is a biracial Southern California native. He was born Alexander Victor Schauffele on October 25, 1993, in San Diego.
So far as Schauffele’s nationality goes, his father, Stefan, is German and French (therefore his final identify) and his mom, Ping Yi, was born in Taiwan and raised in Japan.
Stefan Schauffele was a “German Olympic hopeful within the decathlon,” in keeping with The San Diego Union-Tribune. Nonetheless, he was concerned in a head-on automotive accident with a drunk driver that ended his profession. A shard of windshield glass pierced his left eye.
Stefan ended up transferring to San Diego, California, the place he attended then-named United State Worldwide Academy. In 1998, he met Ping-Yi. In keeping with PGA.com:
Stefan Schauffele and Ping-Yi Chen actually crossed one another’s paths one spring day at San Diego’s United States Worldwide College (now Alliant) in 1988. She was 20 and didn’t communicate English; he was 23 and couldn’t fathom Japanese. They someway discovered an on the spot chemistry.
“By way of contact,” Stefan mentioned with a smile.
“It was emotions and instincts,” Ping-Yi added.
Xander really comes from an extended line of athletes. Earlier than Stefan there was Richard “Molly” Schauffele.
A mountain of a person at 6-feet-8, would later turn out to be one of many nation’s most completed discus and javelin throwers, profitable greater than 40 titles.
Additionally like Woods, Schauffele has an additional motivational relationship along with his father. Stefan, who finally turned a golf professional in Hawaii and San Diego, trains vigorously with Xander, who describes the classes reasonably cheerfully as “explosive” and “electrical.”
“There isn’t any nice golfer or sportsman who isn’t an alpha male,” Stefan mentioned. “It’s important to have this fireplace and keep away from all emotion — destroy your opponent and later take him in arms.
“Xander may be very cussed and really alpha male, and I’m definitely precisely like that. We’re two guys who have been completely programmed to collide.”
This method has put a chip on Xander’s shoulders, in keeping with his placing coach Derek Uyeda.
“He’s received a chip on his shoulder the scale of the Earth,” Uyeda advised the San Diego Tribune. “Xander didn’t come from cash. He didn’t actually have a automotive at the moment final yr as a result of it broke down. He needed to borrow his brother’s automotive.”
From that, Xander has earned almost $12 million in his brief time on the PGA Tour. He has an opportunity for a serious paycheck ($11 million) and a inexperienced jacket with a high quality ultimate two days at Augusta Nationwide this weekend.