Xander Schauffele clearly has an understanding marriage as no sooner did he tie the knot, the American kissed his new wife goodbye and crossed the Atlantic for this week’s Scottish Open. Schauffele was married shortly after the U.S. Open on June 26th to college sweetheart Maya Lowe, with the couple meeting while studying at San Diego State University.
The current World No. 5 posted a wedding snap yesterday (July 5) of the happy occasion, with a couple of the attendees wagging their tales in delight. And in attending a pre-Scottish Open press conference, the 27-year-old and four-time PGA Tour winner, explained why his new wife has not accompanied him to the UK.
My best friend, my wife ♥️ pic.twitter.com/mjCxvjvdej
— Xander Schauffele (@XSchauffele) July 5, 2021
“I am here by myself so it’s definitely not a honeymoon,” he said smiling. “No offence to anyone here but I would not choose a place that rains so much to take my honeymoon. But yeah, it’s been a long time coming for my now wife, we’ve been together for quite some time and decided to make it public. We’re very happy”.
Schauffele could be well right with regards the Scottish weather but then his reason in not having his new wife accompany him for these two weeks is very much the same reason Rory McIlroy also chose to fly solo back to Europe.
It’s little wonder the duo have travelled without their ‘better halves’ given the European Tour is again staging an event ‘within the bubble’ while the R&A advised all players heading next week to Royal St. George’s that the rescheduling of the 149th Open will “operate under strict government oversight”, with guidelines which prohibit players from going to bars, restaurants and supermarkets during tournament week.
“Yeah, you know, it is different and it’s definitely a tight-knit bubble,” said Schauffele. “But for the most part, I brought a few extra books for myself to read, so I’ve been taking the downtime as a positive. I do have my caddie with me and he’s a good friend, and we can just hang out and do what we’re not able to normally do on the West Coast or on the PGA Tour in the United States.”