PGA Star’s Father Drops the Bomb: “No Chance” of Jumping to Rival Golf League


Xander Schauffele Rejects LIV Golf’s Lucrative Offer, Committed to PGA Tour Legacy

In the wake of his historic PGA Championship victory, Xander Schauffele has made it clear that he has no intention of jumping ship to the rival LIV Golf. According to his father, Stefan Schauffele, there is “no chance” that his son will abandon the PGA Tour.

“The opposite would probably be closer to the truth,” Stefan said in an interview. “No chance. Xander is not chasing the money. Xander is about legacy. And as my opinion – just as his father – there was never a chance.”

Stefan’s bold statement echoes the sentiments shared by Xander during a recent conversation with LIV Golf representatives in Saudi Arabia. Accompanying his father, Xander stated that he would not consider a move to LIV unless the organization could secure a path back to the PGA Tour and attain World Ranking points. Even if that condition was met, Stefan insists that Xander’s decision would remain steadfast.

LIV Golf’s World Ranking Struggles

One of the primary reasons behind LIV Golf’s struggle to attract top players is its ongoing inability to secure world ranking accreditation for its tournaments. The OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking) board rejected LIV’s initial application in July 2022, and Commissioner Greg Norman harshly criticized the legitimacy of the OWGR system after the bid’s failure.

Despite this setback, LIV Golf continues to be represented at major championships through exemptions. However, Norman has threatened that the organization will launch its own world ranking system if its tournaments remain unrecognized.

Schauffele’s History-Making Performance

Schauffele’s dominant performance at the PGA Championship etched his name into the record books. His 268 total score ranks as the lowest score ever recorded in the 132-year history of major golf championships played over 72 holes.

This achievement is a testament to Schauffele’s unwavering dedication to the sport. His commitment to the PGA Tour and his pursuit of legacy show that financial incentives alone cannot sway him from his goals.

LIV Golf’s Presence at the PGA Championship

Despite Schauffele’s resounding rejection of LIV Golf, the organization still had a notable presence at the PGA Championship. Among the 16 LIV players who competed at Valhalla Golf Club, three finished in the top 30. Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, came close to stealing the show, finishing second just one stroke behind Schauffele. DeChambeau acknowledged his flawed performance but expressed admiration for Schauffele’s exceptional play.

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