Xander Schauffele, winner of 2019 TOC and tied runner up in 2020, has returned to Kapalua after a bout with Covid.
On December 16 2020 Xander's girlfriend received a Covid positive test result. He immediately went into self isolation but two days later he "woke up sick as a dog”.
“I dragged myself to the clinic, tested positive, and fortunately was able to quarantine at home with my dogs and my girl.”
Now at Kapalua he says he is “Kind of in a weird place physically, I should say. But mentally, I can fake it until I make it. So I’ll have to fall back on some good memories from the past couple years.” Read more here.
This will not be the first time Xander has competed while in recovery from illness. He was unwell during the World Golf Championships–HSBC Champions in 2019, where he was in a playoff won by Rory McIlroy.
"I actually felt worse that week than I do now," Schauffele told PGATOUR.COM.
In December 2019 Schauffele played on the U.S. team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne. Schauffele won his Sunday singles match against this year's fellow competitor at Kapalua, Adam Scott, who had his own run-in with Covid in October.