The reigning Olympic gold medalist will be teeing it up in the inaugural season of TGL down in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida...
Xander Schauffele became the first American since Charles Sands in 1900 to take gold when he saw off the challenge of Slovakian Rory Sabbatini to win the 2020 gold medal in Tokyo, Japan.
Now a mainstay of the Official World Golf Ranking Top 10, Schauffele is a regular contender across PGA TOUR and major championship leaderboards. In his career he’s finished T2 at the Masters and The Open, and T3 at the U.S. Open, while he’s taken seven PGA TOUR victories – including the TOUR Championship in 2017 - since going pro in 2015.
“As the golf landscape continues to change, being a part of TGL is exciting and it is another great opportunity for me to test my skills against the best players in the world. It is also going to be a lot of fun with the unique environment they are building and being able to compete regularly in a team format,” said Schauffele.
And his TGL rivals need to look out, because Schauffele has an enviable record in team golf. He’s represented the US national team three times in team formats, and he’s come out a winner in all three.
Most recently he was part of the 2022 Presidents Cup-winning US team that won at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. That was Schauffele’s second victory in the Presidents Cup, his first coming back in 2019 in Melbourne, Australia when he came up clutch against local hero and fellow TGLer Adam Scott to win their Sunday singles match 2&1 and help the USA to a nail-biting 16-14 win.
Between those two, Schauffele’s 3-1 overall record helped the Americans stomp the Europeans 19-9 at the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.
And Schauffele is not the only gold medalist in the TGL clubhouse. England’s Justin Rose, who will also be competing in the first season of TGL, won the 2016 event in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
“Justin and Xander have both consistently performed at incredibly high levels on and off the course. From a marketability standpoint, there is no more universally recognized title in sports than ‘Olympic Gold Medalist,’ which resonates with fans of all ages in every corner of the globe. And for Justin and Xander, it’s a title that puts them in unique company forever,” said TGL CEO Mike McCarley.
It’s fair to say whichever TGL team Schauffele lands on, they’re getting a winner.