Xander Schauffele Finally Makes the Dreams of His Grandparents Come True

Published 10/25/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Xander Schauffele of the United States looks on. REUTERS/Murad Sezer


Xander Schauffele is a happy man right now. Though the Olympic gold medalist was unable to replicate his magical performance in Japan at the Zozo Championship, Schauffele finished the event with utmost gratitude. A major part of that feeling was due to the fact that his maternal grandparents were present at the Narashino Country Club watching him play. 

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Schauffele’s maternal grandparents live in Tokyo and they hardly get to watch him play live. They were unable to watch their grandson win the historic Olympic gold medal in Japan as there were restrictions on spectators attending the event. This was a major letdown.

However, the Zozo Championship welcomed fans from all over the world, and the Japanese crowd was excited to watch Xander Schauffele live in action. Likewise, Schauffele’s grandparents too finally got to watch him play live as they rarely travel to the United States. 

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Hence, Xander Schauffele considered it a major dream come true to play in front of his grandparents. A proud moment for both the golfer and his grandparents. Schauffele mentioned that he does not get to see the maternal side of his family that much due to where they’ve settled down.

Only during Japanese events like these does he get to embrace family time with them. So for 27-year-old Xander Schauffele, it was like a cherry on top to finish off in front of his excited grandparents. 

How did Xander Schauffele perform in the Zozo Championship? 

Xander Schauffele made his 2021-22 PGA Tour season debut at The CJ Cup in Las Vegas. He finished T18 in the event and then traveled to Japan to compete in the Zozo Championship. 

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Schauffele finished even-par for the tournament with an aggregate score of 280. The four-time PGA Tour champion shot 14 birdies over four rounds but was unable to secure an eagle through 72-holes. 

Apr 23, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Xander Schauffele lines up a putt on the 9th green during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

A T28 finish at the Zozo Championship was not something he’d have hoped for, but it is something Schauffele would have to accept. The 27-year-old opened his tournament with two sub-par rounds and had a lot on his plate by the time he got to the weekend. 

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It was a bittersweet experience for Xander Schauffele at the Zozo Championship. How do you think he will perform in the upcoming events?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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