Xander Schauffele: "Gold medal is a big deal"

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Xander Schauffele: "Gold medal is a big deal"

Xander Schauffele said he is excited and thankful to be competing ahead of his debut at the Olympics Games.

Xander Schauffele, statements

“Winning a gold medal and representing our country is a big deal, or else we wouldn’t be sitting here.

Olympic golf hasn’t been around for a long time. It’s kind of in and out. Growing up the things that I dreamt of were Tiger Woods wearing red on a Sunday, they were watching Jack Nicklaus in yellow at Augusta. Those were the sorts of things that I grew up, golf-wise.

If you look at other sports, track or swimming, judo, any other extreme athlete, this is the pinnacle, this is the most honourable thing and the biggest thing you can do for your country. For golf it’s so fresh and so new.

Fortunately Collin and I are young, so when we talk to you it is exciting, it is very cool, it is something we want to do. Winning a gold medal and representing the USA correctly, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel that way and feel strongly about it.

Of course the best of each country’s showing up to play so that makes it a little bit harder. There’s a lot to play for here but there being no cut it does bring a very prestigious yet relaxed sort of feel"

Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m.

at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown. “We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell.

“The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events”.

The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.

One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. “The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker.

“I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!” The BMW Celebrity Match is open to anyone attending the Solheim Cup on September 2.

Tickets can be found at www.solheimcupusa.com, with additional participants to be announced in the coming weeks. Along with the celebrity match, BMW becomes an official partner of the Solheim Cup as the official vehicle for the event.

With a full week of action set to take place at the 2021 Solheim Cup, fans can also purchase various ticket and hospitality packages to enjoy every activity in Toledo at Inverness Club. New in 2021 is the Meijer Pavilion, which will give ticketholders a 300-degree view of the surrounding holes and upgraded food and beverage options, with local bands playing everyday from 11 a.m.

– 2 p.m. The 2021 Solheim Cup event will take place Sept. 4-6 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. U.S. Captain Pat Hurst, along with Assistant Captains Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie West will lead the best players from the United States as they look to reclaim the Solheim Cup on home soil.

Europe will once again be helmed by Captain Catriona Matthew, with Vice Captains Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie and Suzann Pettersen by her side. The U.S. and European teams will be finalized following the 2021 AIG Women’s Open.