Schauffele finished 10th in last year’s FedEx Cup play-offs
Xander Schauffele says his Olympic gold medal in Rio was stolen by his father who is “hogging it”, revealing he is “p***ed off” at their failure to reunite it.
Schauffele, 24, scooped a shock victory at Rio 2016, despite having only made the US Open the year before.
But in a chat with The Players’ Club podcast, the American lamented that his three-month break between the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs and Rio has allowed his father to start taking the prized gold medal from around his neck.
“How are you able to come up with that sort of stuff?” he said.
“I look in my closet and I have one of the five Olympic medals in my closet.
“Last summer, we were winning the Ryder Cup in France, and my dad was on a beautiful boat and I could see him for about 10 minutes, and I was just thinking I want to give him the gold medal back. I’m getting pissed off because it’s my gold medal, and he’s sitting there (without it).
“Now I have another one I want back too, like 100 per cent, but to not have my dad giving it back makes me not happy at all.”
The Olympic victory was one of two medals Schauffele collected last year – he also won the Byron Nelson Championship in May and finished ninth in the Tour Championship, the season finale.
Schauffele, who is currently fourth in the FedEx Cup standings, added he was confident the gold would be returned once he had returned to the Tour in 2017.