Forty years ago he was forced to give up chasing the Olympics dream due to a serious car accident. Then, he convinced his (initially skeptical) son to participate in the Tokyo Games, leading him to triumph. And now that gold medal is guarded (jealously) by him, exhibiting it around to inspire young people. It is the story of Stefan Schauffele, father of Xander, an American golfer (fourth in the world ranking) who in Japan climbed to the top step of the podium.
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Champion yes, but with a medal practically the prerogative of the father-coach. “I can’t take it off. I’ve had several appointments where I had to take it with me, then he asked for it back.” This is the revelation of Xander Schauffele. “He also slept there – the US champion jokingly pointed out – he wore it and posted it on twitter and I am proud to have been able to dedicate all this to him”
Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.
“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”
The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.
One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker.
“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”.