Alexander Victor “Xander” Schauffele is a professional golfer from San Diego, California, United States. He is of European and Asian descent.
Schauffele has been playing golf professionally since 2015. Here 13 more facts about him:
- He was born in San Diego to German-French father Stefan M. Schauffele and Taiwanese mother Ping Yi Chen, who was raised in Japan.
- His big brother Nico Schauffele was born in 1990. Their great grandfathers Johann Hoffmann and Richard “Molly” Schauffele both played soccer. Hoffmann played for the national football team of Austria and won the French title with Sochaux in 1938. Richard won more than 40 titles in discus, javelin and shot put after playing for Stuttgart in Germany in the 1920s.
- In 1996, he could volley a soccer ball with both feet.
- He was 9 years old when he was introduced by his father to golf in 2002. They joined Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego. His father became his only swing coach since then.
- Playing for Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, he was the individual winner of the California State High School Championship in 2011.
- As a freshman at Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California, he was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2012. In the same year, he won the OGIO UC Santa Barbara Invite.
- He has been dating Maya Lowe since 2014. In the same year, he won the Lamkin Grips SD Classic, California State Amateur Championship.
- Before his sophomore year, he transferred to San Diego State University. He was awarded the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team Award twice before graduating in 2015. Also in 2015, he won the Barona Collegiate Cup and the Northern California Open.
- On July 9, 2017, he won the Greenbrier Classic. On September 24, 2017, he won the Tour Championship.
- On October 28, 2018, he won the WGC-HSBC Champions. Tony Finau was the runner-up.
- On January 6, 2019, he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Gary Woodland was the runner-up.
- During the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he was one of the 67 golfers from the U.S. who competed in the 2020 United States Open Championship, which was held at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020. He finished fifth.
- On August 1, 2021, he represented the U.S. in men’s golf at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and won gold.