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Xander Schauffele looking for Japanese double at Zozo Championship

Xander Schauffele looking for Japanese double at Zozo Championship

Xander Schauffele is trying to double dip on his Japanese success.

More than two months after taking home the gold medal at the Olympic Games, Schauffele is back in Japan as one of the favorites heading into the Zozo Championship.

Moved last year to California because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zozo returns to Japan for the first time since Tiger Woods’ record-tying victory there in 2019. Even with limited fans on-site, Schauffele is expecting a warm welcome – not only because of his family’s Japanese heritage, but also from his historic achievement during the summer.

Full-field tee times from the Zozo Championship

“Returning to Japan has been really cool,” Schauffele told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve been looking forward to this tournament for quite some time. It’s easy to say that I’m very happy to be here.”

Schauffele will be grouped for the first two rounds with hometown hero Hideki Matsuyama and reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa.

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