It is the fruits of a breakout yr for the American, rising to world No. 4 in golf’s rankings, with his crowning second coming on the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kasahata, Saitama, Japan, following a dramatic closing day’s motion.
Schauffele’s commanding lead was slashed earlier than he recovered to pip Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini by a shot. Having overcome the added difficulties posed by pandemic, the American’s achievement was made much more particular by the actual fact his grandparents stay in Japan.
“From somebody bringing the ice and meals as a result of I wasn’t allowed to depart my lodge room … there have been lots of people that made my week a lot simpler with the Covid restrictions.
“I was able to also see my grandparents right before I left … so I was able to show them the gold medal. It’s really cool to impress an 85-year-old person who’s been on this planet and seen so many things.
“For them to get goosebumps holding the gold medal was actually particular for me — it was an actual deal with proper earlier than I left the nation.”
There were more special family moments that emerged from Schauffele’s Tokyo journey, this time with his father, who basked in the achievement of a “shared dream” following his son’s victory.
“It’s huge,” Schauffele said. “We spoke loads about profitable huge tournaments and main championships — once we shared sure desires — however his dream from a younger age was to be an Olympian, nonetheless a gold medalist, so it was a very particular night time.
“That night, he slept with the gold medal — I didn’t even have it with me. I have it with me here in Las Vegas, but he’s been sort of hogging it back at home and showing it to his friends, so I can tell how much it means to him.
“The longer time goes on, the extra it actually sinks in and we have talked how a lot it means to myself, but additionally to share it with my workforce. It’s been a very superior expertise thus far.”
McIlroy’s pain was America’s gain at Whistling Straights, Schauffele reveling in the celebrations with fans despite losing to McIlroy on the final day.
“Winning is clearly a really particular factor, however I really feel like I used to be capable of have just a few moments with the followers there on the finish,” Schauffele said.
“I’ll blame the followers for me being so drunk in that interview. It’s a factor in Wisconsin to chug — Aaron Rodgers and his linemen all the time chug on the Milwaukee Bucks recreation — so I felt it was essential to get the crowds concerned.
“Losing my match early — I just went to the fans and they really pulled me through that. Just the whole atmosphere of competition was really cool, but the fans made it really special as well.”
With 2023’s Ryder Cup set for Italy, the dominant method of this yr’s victory will give the US confidence of their bid avenge the convincing away defeat suffered at Le Golf National, France in 2018.
Though if Schauffele’s revelations are something to go by, Team US could also be heading again to Europe with an underdog’s mindset regardless.
“Our team started talking about how we felt like underdogs,” Shauffele stated.
“We wanted to play with a chip on our shoulders and we shared that mentality, so when we stepped on the grass, we really felt that we shared that thought process.
“We had been on the market with nothing to lose since we had been getting our butts kicked for fairly a while.
“Obviously, we set the record, but for the most part, we need to get back to our individual processes and have a similar formula of simpleness when we get overseas.”
‘A really good contact’
The camaraderie of Schauffele’s US workforce throughout their Ryder Cup domination of Europe was clear for all to see, and a significant position of their success.
Eye rolls, heckles, social media jabs — the pair’s rivalry has obtained widespread protection over the previous few months, however Schauffele believes the spat has been blown out of proportion.
“They’re both very individual, just like every other pro out here. Everyone has their separate teams, that’s why Ryder Cups are so hard to get everyone on the same page.
“I take a look at this workspace, like an workplace. And so there’s some individuals you need discuss to, some individuals you do not need to discuss to, and generally you do not discuss to anyone since you’re too busy getting your work finished.”
The closing scenes of Team USA’s Ryder Cup press conference following their victory — which saw DeChambeau and Koepka hug in front of their cheering teammates — would certainly support claims of a truce, though Schauffele revealed the embrace possibly came with a caveat.
“They might have solely hugged as a result of they had been each consuming, I’ve no clue,” Schauffele joked.
“But it was enjoyable, it actually added the additional kick to our interview. Our interview was fairly humorous all together with all of the personalities we’ve got up on stage and so to complete it off with a Bryson and Brooks hugs was a really good contact.”