Olympic Men’s Golf Competition R2

Schauffele takes lead as play suspended for the day

2020 Olympics – Men’s R2
July 29 – August 01
Kasumigaseki CC, Saitama, Japan
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

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American Xander Schauffele leads by one shot in the storm-delayed second round at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

He produced six birdies, two eagles at the par-4 6th and the par-5 14th as well as two bogeys to sign for a 63 and reach 11-under before play was suspended for the day.


2020 Olympics – Men’s R2

“I just got in a nice flow there at the end. Kind of one of those situations where I wish I could play some more holes. It was nice to make that last putt on 18 before the they blew that horn.

“The almost two and a half hour delay during the middle of the day here, it is what it is, everyone had to deal with it, some people had a delay yesterday and today so fortunately I’ve only had one delay and potentially we’ll have more throughout the week. I bogeyed my first hole coming out of the delay, wasn’t in a great spot and was able to make a birdie quickly right after to sort of settle the ship. So yeah, happy with how I finished.”


2020 Olympics – Men’s R2

Mexican Carlos Ortiz lies one shot behind after a second round 67 featuring four birdies, an eagle at the 6th and two bogeys.

Masters champion and local favourite Hideki Matsuyama, with two holes left to play, lies in third alongside Chilean Mito Pereira, overnight leader Austrian Sepp Straka and Swede Alex Noren.


2020 Olympics – Men’s R2

“It feels like the first time I actually played for the country,” said Noren. “Even World Cup you play for your partner, you play for the Federation, you play for the golfers in Sweden. And now, I mean, if somebody wins fencing or swimming, everybody wants those medals and I think it’s a cool thing.

“The longer the tournament goes it feels more like the Olympics. Coming into the weekend, it’s kind of like a weird tournament because the only thing that matters are the medals. I think it’s cool to have a tournament like this and being such a big tournament. Usually you play for points, somebody needs their card, somebody wants to advance into the finals, somebody needs this and this and all of a sudden it’s like top three, otherwise it’s not much worth.”


2020 Olympics – Men’s R2

Ireland’s Shane Lowry (65) and Rory McIlroy (66) reached 7-under to tie for seventh place alongside Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Great Britain’s Paul Casey who still has two holes to play.

“You’re trying to spur each other on and between us we’re definitely trying to produce at least one medal for the team,” said 2019 Open Champion Lowry.

“I would like to see Rory do well, because we’re Team Ireland. But it’s different Sunday afternoon if you’re out there playing against each other you want to beat each other. My number one motivation, it’s not to come here and enjoy the Olympics – obviously I am enjoying it – but my ultimate goal is to bring a medal home.”


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2020 Olympics – Men’s R2

“I’ve obviously never competed in an Olympic games,” added McIlroy. “I watched them from afar, but I said this yesterday, being a part of something that’s completely different and bigger than me and even our sport in general, that’s a pretty cool thing. So I didn’t know if this was going to be my only Olympics that I play or whatever and I’m already looking forward to Paris (in 2024).”

2020 Olympics – Men’s R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
Rd
R1
R2
Total
1
Xander Schauffele
-11
F
-8
68
63
131
2
Carlos Ortiz
-10
F
-4
65
67
132
T3
Mito Pereira
-8
F
-6
69
65
134
T3
Alex Noren
-8
F
-4
67
67
134
T3
Sepp Straka
-8
F
E
63
71
134
T3
Hideki Matsuyama
-8
16
-6
69
69
T7
Jazz Janewattananond
-7
F
E
64
71
135
T7
Rory McIlroy
-7
F
-5
69
66
135
T7
Shane Lowry
-7
F
-6
70
65
135
T7
Paul Casey
-7
17
-3
67
67
T11
Rory Sabbatini
-6
F
-4
69
67
136
T11
Jhonattan Vegas
-6
F
-1
66
70
136
T11
Sebastián Muñoz
-6
F
-2
67
69
136
T11
Guido Migliozzi
-6
F
-6
71
65
136
T15
Thomas Detry
-5
F
-4
70
67
137
T15
Viktor Hovland
-5
F
-2
68
69
137
T15
Adri Arnaus
-5
F
-2
68
69
137
T15
Antoine Rozner
-5
F
-2
68
69
137
T15
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-5
17
-2
68
68
T20
Cameron Smith
-4
F
-4
71
67
138
T20
Matthias Schwab
-4
F
-2
69
69
138
T20
Abraham Ancer
-4
F
-2
69
69
138
T20
Anirban Lahiri
-4
16
E
67
67
T20
Yechun Yuan
-4
15
-2
69
69
T25
Romain Langasque
-3
F
-1
69
70
139
T25
Si Woo Kim
-3
F
E
68
71
139
T25
Collin Morikawa
-3
F
-1
69
70
139
T25
Patrick Reed
-3
F
E
68
71
139
T25
Tommy Fleetwood
-3
F
-2
70
69
139
T25
Juvic Pagunsan
-3
F
2
66
73
139
T25
Rikuya Hoshino
-3
F
-3
71
68
139
T25
Joachim B Hansen
-3
F
2
66
73
139
T25
Joaquin Niemann
-3
17
-2
70
70
T34
Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
F
-4
73
67
140
T34
Scott Vincent
-2
F
-4
73
67
140
T34
Sami Valimaki
-2
F
-1
70
70
140
T34
Corey Conners
-2
16
E
69
69
T34
Hurly Long
-2
15
-1
70
70
T39
Renato Paratore
-1
F
-1
71
70
141
T39
Mackenzie Hughes
-1
F
1
69
72
141
T39
Rasmus Hojgaard
-1
F
-3
73
68
141
T39
Thomas Pieters
-1
F
5
65
76
141
T39
Henrik Norlander
-1
F
2
68
73
141
T39
Justin Thomas
-1
17
-1
71
71
T39
C.T. Pan
-1
15
-4
74
74
T39
Ryan Fox
-1
15
E
70
70
T47
Garrick Higgo
E
F
E
71
71
142
T47
Maximilian Kieffer
E
F
-2
73
69
142
T47
Kristian K. Johannessen
E
14
-1
72
72
T47
Gunn Charoenkul
E
14
E
71
71
T51
Kalle Samooja
+1
F
-3
75
68
143
T51
Sungjae Im
+1
F
2
70
73
143
T51
Ashun Wu
+1
F
E
72
71
143
T51
Marc Leishman
+1
16
2
70
70
T55
Gavin Kyle Green
+2
14
-1
74
74
T55
Adrian Meronk
+2
14
1
72
72
T57
Udayan Mane
+3
F
-2
76
69
145
T57
Jorge Campillo
+3
F
4
70
75
145
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