So sad: 😭 Xander Schauffele’s complicated PGA of America brutal relationship adds new chapter in the process of……. Full records belo

So sad: 😭 Xander Schauffele’s complicated PGA of America brutal relationship adds new chapter in the process of……. Full records below ⬇️

As Xander Schauffele spoke to Amanda Balionis of CBS during the PGA Championship trophy ceremony on an idyllic Sunday evening at Valhalla Golf Club, just behind them stood the gleaming Wanamaker Trophy and two rows of sun-kissed PGA of America and Valhalla officials. It was a joyous scene: Schauffele, explaining why he was so emotional after his winning putt spun around the edge of the hole and dropped; Seth Waugh, the PGA of America CEO, and John Lindert, the PGA of America president, looking on proudly at the 106th winner of one of the association’s flagship events; thousands of fans still packed in the 18th green grandstands, soaking up the last few moments of what had been a historic 21-under-par week for Schauffele.

Good vibes all around, and also something else: a marked contrast from the last time we saw Schauffele signing off at a high-profile PGA of America event, the Ryder Cup last fall. Things did not go well for Schauffele and his American teammates that week in Rome, with the Europeans prevailing handily at Marco Simone, 16.5-11.5. Schauffele lost all three of his team matches before winning his sole point in a Sunday singles match against Nicolai Højgaard.

It was a challenging week for the U.S. side and not just because they were outplayed. On Saturday, Sky Sports, citing unnamed sources, reported that there was a rift on the U.S. squad caused by Patrick Cantlay’s insistence that the players be paid; the report also alleged that Cantlay and Schauffele, who are close friends and frequent team-play partners, had isolated themselves from the rest of the U.S. team in the locker room. Cantlay and several other U.S. players vehemently denied that there was any semblance of U.S. discord.

But two days later, another report dropped, this time from the Times of London, in which Schauffele’s father and then-swing coach, Stefan, claimed that the PGA of America had threatened to remove Xander from the U.S. team if he refused to sign a player participation and benefits agreement, which the Schauffeles were hopeful to amend; one of those amendments, the AP had previously reported, was limiting how much access Netflix would have to shoot the Ryder Cup team for its “Full Swing” series. “The PGA of America were not willing to even talk to us about [the amendments],” Stefan told the Times. “It was very late in the schedule, right before the team came here [to Rome] to practice because they had moved the deadline and they said, ‘If you don’t sign it by then, you’re off the team’, but they never gave us the contact information of their legal counsel.

In early September, Stefan said that he did finally connect with the PGA of America’s general counsel. “It took a few hours to hash it out and it was fine,” Stefan told the Times. “Then I received a message that Xander was back on the team. That you can quote. That’s the extent of this, and I think it’s shameful.”

But Stefan had more on his mind, in particular the thorny case for why players should be compensated to play in the Ryder Cup, which is co-owned by the PGA of America and three PGA organizations from Europe. On Sunday of Ryder Cup week, Stefan aired his grievances to a couple of reporters,

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