It marked the culmination of a breakout year for the American, who rose to world number four in golf rankings, and was crowned at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kasahata, Saitama, Japan, after a dramatic final day of action.
Schöffel’s commanding lead was reduced before defeating Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini by one shot. After overcoming the additional hardships posed by the pandemic, the American’s achievement was made even more special by the fact that his grandparents live in Japan.
“Someone brought ice and food because I was not allowed to leave my hotel room… There were a lot of people who made my week with the covid restrictions a lot easier.
“I was also able to see my grandparents right before I left… so I was able to show them the gold medal. It’s really nice to impress an 85 year old man who is on this planet and has done so many things.” Have seen
“It was really special for me to hold the gold medal for him – it was a real treat right before I left the country.”
Schoeffel’s visit to Tokyo brought even more special family moments, this time with his father, who formed the basis of his son’s victory over the achievement of a “shared dream”.
“It’s massive,” Schauffel said. “We talked a lot about winning big tournaments and major championships – when we shared some dreams – but from a young age his dream was to be an Olympian, still a gold medalist, so it was a really special night.
“That night, he slept with the gold medallion on — I didn’t even have it. I have mine in Las Vegas, but he’s rolling it back at home and showing it to his friends, so I can tell.” How much does this mean to him?
“The more time that passes, the more it really sinks in and we’ve talked about how much it means to me, but also to share it with my team. It’s been a really great experience at this point “
McIlroy’s pain was America’s advantage in the Whistling Straits, Schauffele attending celebrations with fans despite losing to McIlroy on the final day.
“Winning is definitely a very special thing, but I feel like I was finally able to spend a few moments with the fans,” Schöfel said.
“I would blame the fans for getting so drunk in that interview. Chugging is one thing in Wisconsin—Aaron Rodgers and his linemen always chuckle at Milwaukee Bucks games—so I felt it was necessary to contain the crowd.
“Losing my match early – I just went to the fans and they really pulled me through it. Just the whole atmosphere of the competition was really cool, but the fans also made it really special.”
With the 2023 Ryder Cup set for Italy, this year’s win in a major way will give the US confidence in its bid to avenge the 2018 defeat at Le Golf National, France.
However, if Schöffel’s revelations are anything to go by, Team US may go back to Europe with a downtrodden mindset.
“Our team started talking about how we felt like underdogs,” Schaufel said.
“We wanted to play with a chip on our shoulders and we shared that mindset, so when we stepped onto the grass, we really felt like we shared that thought process.
“We had nothing to lose because we had been kicking our butts for quite some time.
“Obviously, we’ve set the record, but for the most part, we need to go back to our individual processes and have a similar formula of ingenuity when we go abroad.”
‘A very nice touch’
The camaraderie of the American team was evident to all during the Ryder Cup dominance in Europe, and was a key role in their success.
Eye rolls, heckles, social media jabs – the pair’s rivalry has received widespread coverage over the past few months, but Schöffel believes the brawl has been blown out of proportion.
“They’re both very individual, just like every other pro here. Everyone has their different teams, so the Ryder Cup is so hard to get everyone on the same page.
“I look at this workspace like an office. And so there are some people you want to talk to, some people you don’t want to talk to, and sometimes you don’t talk to anyone because you don’t want to get your job done.” I’m too busy. Done.”
The closing scenes of Team USA’s Ryder Cup press conference after their victory – in which DeChambeau and Koepka hug in front of their spirited teammates – would certainly back up the claims of a truce, though Schöffel revealed that the hug was probably a warning. came with.
“They must have hugged only because they were both drinking, I have no clue,” joked Schauffel.
“But it was fun, it really added that extra kick to our interview. Our interview was a lot of fun with all the personalities as well as all the personalities on stage and so ending it with Bryson and Brooks embracing a lot. It was a nice touch.”
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