Schauffele’s father says US PGA winner unlikely to join LIV Golf

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

LOUISVILLE: Xander Schauffele will have no interest in joining LIV Golf after winning the US PGA Championship, according to his father Stefan.

Schauffele’s thrilling victory at Valhalla lifted him to second in the world rankings and gives him valuable multi-year exemptions into all four major championships.In theory that makes it more likely that Schauffele could be tempted by a big-money offer to join the Saudi-funded breakaway, safe in the knowledge that he could also still compete in the game’s four biggest events.

“The opposite would probably be closer to the truth,” Schauffele’s father Stefan told in a telephone interview following his son’s win.“No chance. Xander is not chasing the money. Xander is about legacy. And as my opinion, just as his father, there was never a chance.

“What we told LIV in Saudi Arabia, with Xander beside me, was that if there is no path back to the PGA Tour and if there is no chance at world ranking points we do not have anything to talk about.“Even if you throw hundreds of millions of dollars at him, that word still stands. I am not called The Ogre without reason. I keep my word.”

Schauffele insists that his father is more of a “a big teddy bear” than an ogre, but Stefan has never been afraid to speak his mind and revealed last year that his son could have been removed from the Ryder Cup team in a contract dispute.