Xander Schauffele heads into his Presidents Cup debut on the heels of his best season on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old won two events—the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and The Sentry Tournament of Champions—finished tied for second at the Masters, registered six top-10 finishes and capped his third year as a professional by finishing second in the FedEx Cup playoffs, earning $5.61 million in total.
That’s quite a rebound for the No. 9 golfer in the world who didn’t have a single win during his sophomore campaign in 2018 after being named 2017 Rookie of the Year thanks to a pair of wins during his debut season.
Schauffele, who has earned $13.97 million playing 78 events over three years, hopes to keep his momentum going representing Team USA for the first time at the 2019 Presidents Cup from December 9-15 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.
“We’re trending in the right direction in big tournaments and being in the heat of the moment during the year,” Schauffele said. “After the first year, my head was in the clouds a bit. I feel I’ll be more tame, more stable and more mentally in charge of my fourth year no matter what happens.
“It’s a huge honor to represent my country. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully it’s a really good experience down in Australia.”
The calculated Schauffele heads into the biennial match play competition that pits Team USA against an International Team (minus Europe) more confident than ever. Getting acclimated to different courses and events is only going to benefit him as his career continues, Schauffele said, especially as the Tour seems to be getting younger and younger.
“Players are getting better at a younger age,” he said. “It shows how fearless everyone is becoming. Having experience gives me an advantage against the younger players as well as the other competitors out there.”
Not only has Schauffele expanded his repertoire on the course, but his endorsements and partnerships beyond the ropes have increased as well. Schauffele signed a three-year partnership with Hyland, a Cleveland-based content management software provider in July.
He now has sponsorships or partnerships with adidas, Callaway, Audemars Piguet, Citi, Aon and Hyland.
“I always try to find companies I see eye to eye with,” Schauffele said. “It was an easy collaboration with Hyland. They’re a well-rounded player and always try to find certain strategies to give their clients a competitive edge. I can relate to that because my team works countless hours to give me the best advice and input to give me an edge against my competitors.”
The partnership is equally as important for Hyland, serving as the company’s first foray into the sports industry.
“By partnering with a major professional athlete, we will elevate our brand awareness among our target audience: the C-Suite and IT-decision makers,” said Drew Chapin, Hyland vice president and chief marketing officer. “In fact, data proves that golf, in particular, is an area of interest for the C-Suite target audience.”