It was an end of 2020 to forget for Xander Schauffele, due to Covid-19 positivity. He was tested positive a week before Christmas, then a 10-day quarantine. Now he is ready to return to play. The American golfer, until Sunday, will be among the protagonists of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, a PGA Tour tournament won by the Californian player in 2019 (in 2020 a second place after a play-off to three).
Xander Schauffele, statements
"I am happy to be here in Kapalua but it was a really hard and frightening period. I had a fever, so I decided to go to the clinic for checks. I tested positive to the tampon. I was with my girlfriend and our two dogs.
I spent 4 days lying on the sofa with pains all over the place. My brother left us water outside the front door and walked the dogs. It was not easy and win this battle was a beautiful victory. Being here today means a lot"
"Last year was a good mental year to build off of. It was one of my more consistent years on TOUR, even though I didn't win a tournament. To build off consistency is difficult, but if we can sort of giving ourselves more looks like we did last year then keep knocking on the door until you knock it down.
That’s the sort of the mentality we're in" Meanwhile, Lee Westwood has been named for the fourth time in his career (an absolute record) "Golfer of the year" by the Association of Golf Writers. The winner of the Race to Dubai in 2020 won with 53% of the preferences.
Sophia Popov, champion of the AIG Women's Open, one of the Major for women, finished second with 20% of the votes. Also beat Jon Rahm, second in the world ranking. The AGW Golfer Writers Trophy, assigned for the first time in 1951, rewards those players residents or born in Europe who, according to the association, have made a valuable contribution to the growth of the discipline in the last 12 months.
Westwood had already won the award in 1998, then in 2000 and finally in 2009. And now the poker. "I am honored to have been voted AGW Golfer of the Year. This is a special award because it is established by the golf press.
I feel privileged and look forward to returning to the field for the new season", said Lee Westwood, opponent in so many tournaments of Xander Schauffele.