A story so sad it’s hard to imagine a father and son could be so close. But they are. And the amazing thing? Xander just won a gold medal in golf, representing the U.S. in the men’s golf tournament at the Rio Olympics. He’s only 24 years old.

He may have been a world-class golfer, but his father was never that proud of him.

In the beginning, there was an unbreakable promise between father and son. The mother was not in the picture, so their bond was forged out of pure desire. The two of them, so different from each other, agreed that when the time came, they would make a name for themselves. For the Schauffele’s, this was no mere dream. It was a promise.

Xander Schauffele recently won Team USA’s first Olympic gold medal since 1900, and in the process, he realized his father’s unfulfilled ambition.

Stefan Schauffele had hoped to compete in the Olympics for the German track and field team almost 40 years ago, but a vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver lost him a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Stefan was able to relive his dream via Xander at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, after decades of sorrow.

A drunk driver shatters Xander Schauffele’s father’s Olympic ambition.

Xander Schauffele won an Olympic gold medal for his father, Stefan.

Xander Schauffele won an Olympic gold medal for his father, Stefan. As his father, Stefan, observes, Xander Schauffele of Team USA smashes balls on the practice range | Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Stefan Schauffele, Xander’s father and longtime swing instructor, was preparing to represent Germany at the Olympics almost 40 years ago. Stefan was a gifted decathlete on the German national team, and at just 20 years old, he had a bright career ahead of him.

However, his future was tragically taken away from him.

Stefan was driving to Olympic training when his vehicle was hit by a drunk driver, which altered his life forever. Stefan’s eyesight was permanently damaged when a shard of broken windshield stuck in his left eye. In his left eye, he is still blind.

Stefan was never able to realize his Olympic ambition.

According to the New York Times, Xander said of his father last week, “His dream was stolen from him.” “As a young golfer, I could identify to having something taken away from you after years of hard effort. It was heartbreaking.”

With a gold medal, Xander Schauffele fulfills his father’s shattered dream.

GOLF: Xander Schauffele won the GOLD MEDAL with a 67 in the final round.

Silver goes to Rory Sabbatini.

Bronze is decided by a seven-team playoff.

Stefan, Xander’s father, finally got his opportunity to attend the Olympics, and now he gets to see his son win gold. #TokyoOlympics #Golf pic.twitter.com/Ss3SZOFmSG #TokyoOlympics #Golf

August 1, 2021 — Lukas Weese (@Weesesports)

Stefan made it to the Olympics in a manner he certainly never anticipated four decades after his ambition was destroyed. Stefan, who also acts as his son’s swing instructor, was one of the few non-competitors permitted to go to Tokyo since Xander is the world’s fifth-ranked golfer.

A 40-year-old fantasy realized.

Regardless of where Xander ended in the men’s individual stroke play event, the experience would have been unforgettable, but in prophetic manner, the American realized his father’s goal by winning gold in his first-ever Olympic participation.

After his last round, Schauffele remarked, “It’s special.” “That’s a term that gets tossed around a lot, particularly among golfers. It’s so unusual for us because we’re accustomed to playing for money and on a regular schedule, and this is just once every four years, and it has a whole different feel to it. And you’re dressed in your country’s colors, and everyone is just doing their best to represent. As a result, it has that distinct and unique feel.

“Having my father here as well is very meaningful. Off the back of the green there, I hugged him. I know how much this means to him, so I’m simply glad to give it.”

Stefan was overcome with emotion following Xander’s victory.

Schauffele’s father couldn’t conceal his feelings when his son won the gold medal on the 72nd hole of the tournament.

“It’ll take a time for this to sink in,” Stefan said. “I was overcome with emotion. Today is certainly a towel moment, in my opinion. I am very pleased with myself.

“This is a significant event” (win). It’s the most significant thus far, ranking just behind the majors. It’s a fantastic accomplishment.”

Schauffele’s Olympic victory is a touching redemption tale that we will never forget.

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Xander Schauffele’s father, Dale Schauffele, a 50-year-old landscaper, is in disbelief. The 45-year-old son of a high school coach has won gold in golf, but it’s not for an Olympic medal. Instead, he’s won gold in a Ryder Cup, for his team at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Le Golf National is the same course where Schauffele’s father was supposed to play when he was a college golfer, but instead he was involved in a car accident that changed his life forever.. Read more about xander schauffele father and let us know what you think.

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