51°F
weather icon Clear

Xander Schauffele living the good life but wants more on course

In many ways, 2021 has been one of the best years of Xander Schauffele’s life. He got married, moved to his new home in Las Vegas, won an Olympic gold medal and starred on the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team.

But on the PGA Tour, Schauffele was anything but satisfied. He had eight top-10 finishes, including three seconds, and earned more than $5.2 million. But without a win, the year left a bad taste in his mouth.

Such are the expectations of the world’s No. 5 player.

Schauffele, 28, announced in early July that he had married his longtime girlfriend, Maya Lowe, and the couple had moved to Las Vegas. The decision to leave his lifelong home of San Diego was not difficult, he said.

“The move was easy. A lot of it had to do with the in-laws,” he said. “Wherever her parents were — they were in Austin, Texas, a little bit, and we used to go there for Thanksgiving and Christmas — so wherever they were going to end up, we were going to follow. So that’s basically what we did.”

And Schauffele couldn’t be happier with his new hometown and a house tucked in the foothills.

“We have a house here. It’s quiet. It’s very dark at night, no street lights,” he said. “I really enjoy sort of almost the tranquillity of peacefulness up on this western side.”

Schauffele said he avoids the Strip unless friends come to town and want to go.

“I’m typically one to sort of be tucked away and quiet with my wife, my dogs and I,” he said. “That’s sort of what we like to do. I very much enjoy spending time here.”

When Schauffele is not at home, he’s working on his craft. That usually happens at Southern Highlands, where he is a member, or at TPC Las Vegas, where he practices at the back of the facility.

That dedication to improve has led to four wins in five seasons on the PGA Tour, including the Tour Championship in 2017 and a World Golf Championship event in 2019.

It also earned him a gold medal in Tokyo this summer, his one victory in a year he otherwise found frustrating.

“I feel not that I failed on the PGA Tour season, but I didn’t really accomplish what I wanted to,” he said.

He called the year interesting, to be feeling joy at the Olympics and Ryder Cup, but disappointed at what he labeled regressing in regular PGA Tour events.

“So a weird, sort of, weird space that I’m in mentally, but overall I think celebrating the Ryder Cup win with my teammates sort of got me over the edge of feeling like I failed this season,” he said.

And celebrate he did.

“We let it all hang loose there in the end, and we all had a really good time,” he said. “My wife said she hasn’t seen me this bad since college.”

Since the Ryder Cup, Schauffele played the CJ Cup in Las Vegas, then flew to Japan for the Zozo Championship. That’s it, he said, until he tees it up in competition at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January.

He hopes that’s the start of a new year that includes getting a win under his belt. Until then, he’s perfectly happy in the peace and quiet of his new home.

Chip shots

* Las Vegas Golf Club will host a two-person scramble Nov. 21 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $138 per team, and Nov. 18 is the entry deadline.

* Brent Pendleton and Brian Edwards won the Legacy Men’s Club’s annual member-guest event. The team of Harry Helfrich and Pat Burke was second.

Greg Robertson covers golf for the Review-Journal. He can be reached at grobertson@reviewjournal.com.

THE LATEST
Extended time off energizes Patrick Cantlay for 2022 golf season

Patrick Cantlay said his time off last fall made him excited to play in January. Any signs of rust weren’t visible at Kapalua, where he finished fourth with an astounding 26-under .

Kang hopes for more consistency on 2022 LPGA Tour

Offseason work will be particularly key this year for Danielle Kang, who is coming off her first winless year since 2016. That’s not to say 2021 was a bust.

TPC Summerlin to get major renovation

TPC Summerlin will be shut down for most of the spring and summer with work planned to be complete in time for next year’s Shriners Children’s Open.

UNLV’s Bush-Herzer receives national golf service award

UNLV coach Amy Bush-Herzer has been selected recipient of the 2021 Kim Evans Award, which recognizes one individual whose support of golf helps grow the game.

LPGA match-play event returning to Las Vegas in 2022

The LPGA is coming back to Las Vegas in 2022, making it official with the release of the tour’s 2022 schedule that includes the Bank of Hope Match Play once again headed to Shadow Creek at the end of May.

Koepka makes short work of DeChambeau in Las Vegas match

Brooks Koepka defeated Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3 in their made-for-TV match at Wynn Golf Club on Friday to claim bragging rights in golfest bitterest rivalry.