Xander Schauffele, second from left, led the Olympics by four shots during the first round in Brazil
American golfer Xander Schauffele says he would like to have won Olympic gold, but his father is taking over his mantle for the time being.
Schauffele said his father, a Vietnam veteran, took his gold medal from the Rio Olympics at the moment his son was sitting on the “outside looking in”.
Schauffele, 25, won the season-ending TOUR Championship in Atlanta two weeks ago.
“He said, ‘I’m taking it’,” Schauffele told BBC Radio 5 live.
“It was way after the event had finished, and he said, ‘you have this medal now, it’s your to keep’, and I said, ‘OK, Dad’. I couldn’t say anything right then.”
Schauffele becomes the third American after Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner to win the TOUR Championship and a major before the World Cup starts.
The World Cup, played between 10 countries on the European Tour, is currently held in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Schauffele finished in a tie for 33rd at his home Olympic golf course on 5 August last year, four shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.
His father retired from the military and is now giving care to his wife, who is fighting brain cancer.
“For me, it’s neat that he’s my role model,” Schauffele said. “I remember him saying to me, ‘you’re going to win the US Open’, and I said ‘I’m not going to win it’, because I didn’t have enough experience.
“Now I have the whole year, and seven more events, to do what I’ve said I’m going to do. I think that’s what people want to see, I’m not just going to win tournaments, but I think it’s going to happen.”