Xander Schauffele hasn’t played golf at Congressional Country Club in Maryland this week, having postponed his plans for a semifinal round. But that didn’t mean he had a chance to save his gold medal for the ceremony.
Schauffele had just won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, the event that launched his career. Before he’d exited the green, however, he had his gold medal in his hand. And the only thing that prevented him from destroying it was his father, Tom, who it turns out still had a swagger because he’s too much of a heel to keep it in his mouth.
“I thought it was a good thing to take the gold, but obviously my dad wasn’t happy with that,” Schauffele said, via the Golf Channel. “He said, ‘I don’t want to keep it, I just want it to be in the house.’ So I said, ‘Well, are you going to take it to the ceremony or not?’ He said, ‘No, I’m going to keep it.’ I said, ‘Oh, no, my dad isn’t going to take my medal.’”
Schauffele joked that his dad “hogs” the medal. Clearly, he’s wrong.
“What do you think? Who gets the gold medal in this family?” Tom Schauffele said on Monday night, via USA Today. “You gotta give the gold to me.”
Xander Schauffele on his dad, Tom, still showing a lot of swagger: “He says I owe him. He said I gotta give the gold medal to him.” pic.twitter.com/tgyMU91cDR — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 22, 2018
Xander Schauffele later admitted that there were some moments in the U.S. Open when his father took the medal from him. He’s up-front about his dad. He didn’t need an engraved clutch because he could show it to you.
“When I walked off the green, I was giving it to my mom and then all of a sudden my dad just came up behind me,” Xander Schauffele said. “I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ He kind of just took the gold. My mom and I just looked at each other. I said, ‘Yeah, that’s my dad.’ I didn’t even see it. I was like, ‘Yeah, he’s the worst.’”
The U.S. Open was Xander Schauffele’s second major. He has only two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, but had a strong run at the BMW Championship earlier this year and has looked at home in tough courses. This week, he got an ovation at Congressional, which was home to the 2003 U.S. Open, and one that people said was undeserved.