The Schauffele Way
Discipline, Respect, Honesty. These three values make up the philosophical foundation of ‘The Schauffele Way.’ The very philosophy that has allowed Xander Schauffele to accumulate such an impressive rookie campaign on the PGA Tour during the 2017 season. Growing up in Southern California where most decent swing coaches range around $100/hr, the only swing coach Xander was ever able to have was his Dad. “We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and my dad was very hands on, we did it all on our own,” Xander recalls. The Schauffele Way “Discipline, Respect, Honesty” came from Xander’s father, Stefan who was an Olympic caliber decathlete until a car accident at the age of 20 left him blind in one eye, ending his sports career. Having to overcome that adversity, his dad applied his Olympic level dedication with his newly found philosophies to making sure Xander perfected every aspect of the game.
After barely missing out of the top 25 on the money list after his first full season on the Web.com tour in 2016, he killed it at the Web.com tour finals to secure his tour card for the 2017 season. His strong rookie campaign was launched after a pair of top 25 finishes at the Zurich Classic (T11) and the Wells Fargo Championship (T24). But the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills is where he first really came into the spotlight. He fired off a mind blowing early first round score of 66 and maintained through the weekend to finish tied for 5th. Xander rode this momentum into the Greenbrier Classic where he put up four scores under 70 to win in only his 24th PGA start. Seems like the Schauffele Way mindset is really paying off. After an electrifying regular season for the rookie, and a story as relatable as Xander making due with growing up unable to afford a swing coach, this is my guy for the FedEx Cup. Sitting at 32nd heading into the BMW Championship after solid performances in the first two legs of FedEx Cup playoffs, Schauffele is on the bubble for East Lake (only the top 30 advance.) I like the rookie to pull from his dad’s teachings and crack the top 30 at this week’s BMW Championship. And having his Dad along with him at East Lake, we could see this young gun ending the 2017 season on a real high note.
Article written by Austin Anderson (@IkeGolfOfficial)