Olympic gold has no place in the Ryder Cup, says ScHotele

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September 21, 2021; Kohler, Wisconsin, United States; Team USA player Xander ScHotele walks on the eighth hole during a practice session for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

KOHLER, Wisconsin, Sept. 22 (Reuters) – Olympic champion Xander Sc Chaudele did not bring his Tokyo Games gold to the Ryder Cup, suggesting that something won in an individual event has no place in a team competition.

The American Ryder Cup rookie, whose triumph at the August Olympics marked the biggest victory of his career, felt his medal would distract him from the task at hand.

“It’s too individual. It’s about the squad this week so it wasn’t going to show up,” ScHotele told reporters Wednesday at Whistling Straits, where play begins on Friday.

“I don’t even know where it is. I think my mom might have it at home, unless my dad secretly has it on him here.”

As ScHotele will make his Ryder Cup debut on a course he’s never been on, he has a knack for improving his game at big events with six top-five finishes in the majors, including a share of third at the Masters this year.

ScHotele also said that the U.S. team’s recent visit to Whistling Straits, a tie-style layout carved along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, helped him feel a lot more comfortable for the game. biennial against Europe.

“We went out early, about a week ago, to make ourselves comfortable, and I think that helped me not to feel like a rookie,” said world number five ScHotele.

“Such small things like that make you feel very comfortable. It worked for me. It was nice to know where the first tee was, it was nice to know where to go, it was nice to know where The locker rooms were and sort of the Team cubby was. I feel like in that sense it felt good to be on the property. “

Born in the United States, Sc Chaudele, 27, has a diverse family heritage – his father and brother were born in Stuttgart while his mother was born in Taiwan and raised in Japan.

“I feel very American. I just feel like I’ve been exposed to a lot of other cultures, so I understand them very well,” ScHotele said.

“I think my dad is just supporting me. I don’t think you catch him saying he supports Europe at some point, but let me know if he does.”

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond

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