Xander Schauffele's Dad Stefan Takes Epic Photo with Son's Olympic Gold Medal

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 18, 2021

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA - JUNE 17: Xander Schauffele of the United States walks with his father and coach Stefan Schauffele during a practice round prior to the RBC Heritage on June 17, 2020 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Golfer Xander Schauffele might have won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, but it appears his father is going to keep the award for himself.

Stefan Schauffele posted a picture on social media Wednesday with the medal around his own neck:

Stefan Schauffele @StefanSchauffe1

I might never give this one back to you! <a href="https://twitter.com/XSchauffele?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@XSchauffele</a> <a href="https://t.co/CHoYXemjTZ">pic.twitter.com/CHoYXemjTZ</a>

"I should've seen this coming," Xander Schauffele responded on Twitter.

The current No. 4 player in the world rankings took home first place in the men's Olympic golf tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan but said his father soon took control of the medal.

"Pops has it. I can't get it off of him right now," the American told reporters Tuesday. "I had a couple of media things to do with the medal, and then I got a phone call shortly after that asking for the medal back. [Schauffele’s father Stefan] is taking good care of it as we speak."

Stefan is Xander's swing coach and is known as "The Ogre" on tour, but the gold is more than just a prop for him. Xander explained how important the Olympics were to his family:

Xander Schauffele @XSchauffele

My dad's dream of becoming an Olympic decathlete came to a sudden end in 1986 when a drunk driver crashed into his car. You can read more about his journey and why it means a lot for me to be here in Tokyo with him: <a href="https://t.co/k2LEV2Csta">https://t.co/k2LEV2Csta</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/StefanSchauffe1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StefanSchauffe1</a> <a href="https://t.co/yXHUajje8h">pic.twitter.com/yXHUajje8h</a>

Golf Digest @GolfDigest

"I really wanted to win for my dad."<a href="https://twitter.com/XSchauffele?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@XSchauffele</a> shares why his gold medal victory means so much. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Olympics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Golf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Golf</a> <a href="https://t.co/1WudMZu52J">pic.twitter.com/1WudMZu52J</a>

Schauffele earned the gold medal on the course, but it seems like he will have to share the prize.