MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Xander Schauffele had the presence of thoughts to convey his Olympic gold medal with him to Memphis, simply not sufficient bravado to put on it round his neck as he emerged from a two-day blur to renew life on the PGA Tour after profitable the Olympic males’s event on Sunday.
Schauffele arrived at TPC Southwind on Tuesday morning, roughly 48 hours after he shot a final-round 67 to safe a 1-stroke victory over Rory Sabbatini, to start preparations for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Upon request, he produced the gold medal from his pocket.
“My dad [Stefan] slept with it the primary night time, so I did not even have it with me the day I gained it,” Schauffele stated. “He was going to take it to San Diego, he was going to take it again dwelling to his home and parade round together with his mates.
“However I advised him I had somewhat media to do and I am certain everybody needed to see the gold medal right here. Form of my second within the solar with it.”
Schauffele tried to cram in as a lot as he might earlier than leaving Japan, having a celebratory drink within the clubhouse, retreating to a Tokyo lodge to see his Japanese grandparents, reveling within the victory as a lot as he might earlier than leaving Monday morning from Japan for a visit to Memphis.
And, he stated, thought-about skipping the Olympics.
“In all honesty, there was a part of me that was considering not going,” he stated. “I joked with my spouse about that proper after I referred to as her. She was like, are you able to think about that there is a little piece of you that just about did not present as much as Tokyo? We had a pleasant snort about that.
“With all the pieces enjoying on the market with COVID and all the pieces, clearly it has been unusual and tough for everybody. I made a decision to not keep within the [Olympic] Village, which is about an hour and 20 minutes away. Sadly I wasn’t capable of go to the Village both, which I am somewhat bit bummed about.
“However going into it, I kind of corrected my mindset on the entire matter and actually simply targeted on this 4 day golf event. Then having the ability to take the rostrum afterwards actually made me perceive and understand kind of how particular it really is being there on the rostrum, profitable any medal clearly. The flag’s being raised, enjoying your nationwide anthem, it actually was one thing spectacular and clearly nothing prefer it.”
He arrived right here Monday morning and is now attempting to get readjusted.
“I feel the most important factor for me is having the ability to kind of hone in and deal with the duty at hand this week,” he stated. “What was executed final week is finished, and we will discuss it somewhat bit extra, however moreover that, I must kind of get again on the time zone, actually begin to focus extra, lock again in and attempt to play nicely this week. “Happily I am not coming to a brand new property, one which I’ve performed a number of occasions and had minimal success on, however I feel I am clearly in first rate type coming abroad. Wanting ahead to the week.”
Schauffele, 27, had not gained since capturing the Sentry Event of Champions in 2019, a span of greater than two-and-a-half years that noticed quite a few shut calls as evidenced by his rating of No. 4 on the earth.
He ends into this week tenth in FedEx Cup factors with simply two weeks to go till the FedEx Cup playoffs. He’s additionally within the sixth and ultimate computerized qualifying place for the Ryder Cup, though he would virtually actually get a decide from captain Steve Stricker if he falls out.
“I feel enjoying rather well and clearly having a gold medal is simply feeding my vitality,” he stated. “I am actually excited to get again dwelling to the west coast, however you wish to win each week and now that I lastly acquired this style of profitable and having the ability to win from up entrance, that is why I feel all of us compete. That is the frenzy we actually chase and it does really feel good and it is actually rewarding to drag off and I am able to get again to work.”