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Xander Schauffele is one of the most consistent stars in golf, but who is his coach?

Despite never having a formal coach throughout his career, Schauffele has amassed multiple top major championship finishes and PGA Tour wins.

The American, born in 1993, has also featured on two winning Presidents Cup teams and one successful Ryder Cup team.

So, why does Schauffele go for a different approach? Well, because his father Stefan took control of his game while he was a promising junior.

Meanwhile, he has other members of his backroom team, so allow us to dive in…

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Xander Schauffele’s coach

Born in Germany in 1964, Stefan Schauffele was an aspiring Olympic decathlete in his youth and has passed on his sporting genes to Xander.

He became well equipped to share his sports knowledge after being a competitive football and squash player, as well as a certified skiing instructor.

With an associate degree in Golf Operations Management from San Diego Golf Academy and the holder of an MBA – International Business Administration from United States International University, it’s easy to see why he takes responsibility.

According to Schauffele Sr, the pair value the position of underdog and are happy for Xander to be overshadowed by other players.

“I like that position,” he told Golf Channel. “As I like to say, predators strike from the shadows. There’s intent there, for sure, and he knows that.

“He’s trying to own that mindset. And having proven that it’s beneficial to him and feeling comfortable out there down the stretch, he’s going to continue this until the end of time.”

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Despite having worked together through some incredible highs in the professional game, like most fathers and sons, they have clashed down the years.

“I went through this rebel phase where I would argue with him for no reason,” Xander said.

“I was aggressively against anything he would say. We’d have these huge arguments. We fought all the time.

“Now that I’m older, I realise how patient he was with me. I realised that I was combating him for no reason.

“He was a lot better to me than I was to him.”

The pair have also been involved in some drama, as Xander defended his father in 2023 after he made comments about ‘hatgate’.

“If you look at what he said, I wasn’t super fired up that he was speaking to media just because I know how things get twisted,” he said.

“I had to look back at what he said specifically and he specifically said that if the tournament’s for-profit, then players should get paid.

“He also said that if it’s charitable — it should be a charitable event most likely and that everything should get donated.”

Despite not having any other swing coaches during his career, Schauffele attended San Diego State University and worked under head coach Ryan Donovan.

Donovan is no longer in the mix, but Schauffele has three other important figures in the background.

Derek Uyeda is the putting and green reading coach of Schauffele, while Ronna Semonian is his physical therapist and trainer alongside Marnus Marais.

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