• Casey says ‘on the golf course it’s just him’ • Triple Tour winner takes pride in not being recognised
Casey Schauffele, the triple Tour winner, revealed on Thursday that his father was by far the most serious golfer in the family.
Gil Schauffele, who turned 60 last Saturday, is his son’s caddie and was in Chile on Sunday, alongside his wife and two of their four sons, when Casey won the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.
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“It’s cool. It’s something that we’ve always done – for generations now,” Schauffele said. “But it was cool this time because he was caddying for him.
“It’s cool to show him a little bit of pride in what he does and it’s the same for me. But on the golf course it’s just him. I’m not thinking about his score. I’m just trying to get the ball in the hole.”
Casey, 25, won twice and nearly claimed another with his birdie on the final hole in South Africa in January. He said that if he did that at the Masters this year, he would have claimed a three-place finish and a card in the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Gil and Amy Schauffele were among the most successful players in US college golf. Casey, Aaron and Ben were all All-Americans at Pepperdine, with Casey ranked No1 in the nation in 2008 and No15 in 2012.
Gil still lives in Malibu, California, with Casey and Amy. “We’re very close,” Casey said. “It’s a dream come true to have my dad as my caddie. It’s what’s nice to see him doing good. He’s our hero. We idolised him growing up. He’s the reason why I’m playing golf.”
Casey had 50 on Thursday, giving him a one-shot lead over the Rory McIlroy, who earned six points. Tony Finau was another shot back at one-under, with Billy Horschel and Luke List another shot behind.
“I’m looking forward to getting my first victory after a very long gap between my victories,” said Casey, who has not won since last August in Ohio. “I can’t put my finger on why it’s taken so long. But it’s nice to finally get it done.”
Schauffele, who had 19 on the weekend, shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Thursday at TPC Victor de la Cazén on his way to holding off McIlroy and Justin Rose in the final round. He also birdied the opening hole Friday.
McIlroy also shot 64 and had a share of the lead with Finau and Charlie Beljan at six-under par.
Englishman Ian Poulter fired a second consecutive 65 to get to three under.