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Xander Schauffele admits Paris Olympics are 'cherry on top' of epic 2024

Xander Schauffele admits Paris Olympics are 'cherry on top' of epic 2024

Xander Schauffele admits the 2024 Paris Olympics are "a cherry on top" after winning his first major title.

The 30-year-old golfer - who won the PGA Championship in May - will be representing the United States at this summer's games, and he admitted his recent triumph will give him some "confidence".

Asking about going to Paris as a major champion, he told Golf magazine: "It's just a cherry on top. It's totally separate to competing in the Olympics.

"It definitely helps with the qualifying process. That was my goal, obviously, to qualify. The US team is a strong one. It's a hard one to qualify for.

"I imagine the US PGA Championship win probably secures me into qualifying for the Olympics [it did].

"That's a whole different ball game, winning that one. But I'll definitely be able to pull some confidence from the US PGA win."

Schauffele is no stranger to Olympic success, after winning gold in 2021, which he described as a "very special" achievement.

He said: "It was very special to get that Gold Medal in Tokyo three years ago - a lot of great memories and pride from that accomplishment.

"Looking ahead to this year's Olympics, yes, it has been a big driver for me, but I don't really think about that a whole lot.

"In January, I even said I had my head in the sand about it because there was so much golf ahead of me. Making the top four on the US side is a very strong accomplishment."

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