Xander Schauffele will participate at the upcoming summer Olympics in Paris. GETTY IMAGES

After securing his inaugural major victory at the PGA Championship last month, Xander Schauffele is entering the defense of his Olympic title in Paris with confidence in his game.

The world number two resumes competition with Thursday's opening round of the PGA Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village, serving as the last PGA Tour preparation before the upcoming US Open at Pinehurst next week.

Last month at Valhalla, he secured victory with a crucial birdie putt on the last hole, narrowly defeating fellow American Bryson DeChambeau by one stroke, breaking a two-year winless streak. Schauffele has already set his sights on retaining the gold medal at the upcoming summer Olympics in Paris, as he compete for Team USA, believing it will be such a huge difference from Covid-hit Tokyo 2020.

"It was an unbelievable experience and I think we might feel more of it this year, just with people being available to attend without it being Covid," Schauffele said on Tuesday. "I think it's shaping up nice and people are wanting to compete in it and it's going to be a great tournament."

This victory will forever hold special significance for Schauffele, as it realised a cherished family dream of his father, Stefan, who hails from Germany. Both of Xander's grandfathers were notable figures in athletics and football, adding to the sentimental value of his triumph in Japan.

Xander Schauffele is relishing the upcoming Paris Olympics with Team USA. GETTY IMAGES
Xander Schauffele is relishing the upcoming Paris Olympics with Team USA. GETTY IMAGES

"It's so different with my dad and the way he brought me up and the advice he was giving me and where that came from, with him wanting to be an Olympian himself," Schauffele added. "It feels like it's different than other people competing in the Olympics just because I was sort of raised this advice from a person who wanted to be an Olympian, and his dad's dad and things of that nature."

Schauffele's participation in golf's international calendar will aid in his preparation for the Olympic endeavour. He intends to compete in the Scottish Open in July, just prior to the Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland.

"I'll apply some of the experience on overseas golf. Fortunately, I'll be over there for The Open Championship, so the time change won't be too drastic," Schauffele said. "A lot of guys play the Scottish to prepare for The Open Championship just to get on the same zone. So I'll be over there for a few weeks already.

"I'm going to stay over, not too sure exactly where I'll place myself, but somewhere where I can sort of decompress a little bit after a major championship, but also get ready for an Olympics. That's a lot of big tournaments there so I feel like being sharp for it shouldn't be too difficult coming off a major shortly before that."