Olympic Men’s Golf Competition R4

Xander Schauffele wins Gold

2020 Olympics – Men’s R4
July 29 – August 01
Kasumigaseki CC, Saitama, Japan
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

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American Xander Schauffele fought off fierce competition to with the gold medal with a final round 67 at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

He started the day with a one shot lead and made a good start with back-to-back birdies on the first two holes then made two more to make the turn in 32. A bogey at the par-5 14th lost him the lead before he took it back with a birdie at the 17th then closed with a par at the 18th to finish at 18-under.


2020 Olympics – Men’s R4

“Man, it feels good. It really is a special deal, standing on the podium with these two boys, with our flags being raised, the ceremony. I think people talk about why the Olympics are such a special thing to them and we’re fortunate enough to be a part of a ceremony and I think we can all see why people say that.”

Schauffele’s father and swing coach had his own Olympic ambitions as a decathlete crushed by a car accident and he was glad to be able to share the moment.

“My dad put all his eggs in one basket for quite some time, just like I did for golf, to compete as a decathlete in the Olympics. And life came at him fast, it was swiped away from him, but he saw potential in me to become a good golfer and so he sort of put all his eggs in my basket. For this to come full circle at a pretty young age I just feel very fortunate and just really happy to share this with him. This whole experience has been really, really special and to have him here is even better.”


2020 Olympics – Men’s R4

Slovakian Rory Sabbatini started the day in T17 at 7-under but took silver with a record-breaking round of 61 comprising of ten birdies, an eagle at the par-4 6th and two bogeys

South African-born Sabbatini, who took Slovakian citizenship through his wife in 2018, is hoping his success will raise golf’s profile in his adopted country.


2020 Olympics – Men’s R4

“Golf in Slovakia is not a big sport in regards to ice hockey, and you got so many different other sports that are bigger sports. So we looked at it as a way to try and create some interest.”

“For me to be here today is very fortuitous. I’m just thankful to be here. But it’s been such a prideful moment to be up there to represent Slovakia and to see the flag raised. Words really cannot express it. So it’s just been a fantastic experience all around for the entire Olympics and I’m just very thankful.”


2020 Olympics – Men’s R4

Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan (63), American Collin Morikawa (63), Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (67), Chilean Mito Pereira (67), Colombian Sebastián Muñoz (67), Great Britain’s Paul Casey (68) and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (69) finished tied at 15-under leading to a playoff for the bronze medal.

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Casey and Matsuyama dropped out after the first extra hole, followed by McIlroy, Muñoz and Pereira after the third extra hole.

Morikawa failed to convert his putt at the fourth extra hole while Pan sank his par putt.

“Very satisfying. It came as a surprise to me too. After day one, +3, 74, I remember I texted one of my good friends and I was like, the struggle is real. So, it’s quite a turnaround for this week winning the bronze medal that I couldn’t even think about it, didn’t even think about it after Thursday’s round. So overall that was a very happy ending.”


2020 Olympics – Men’s R4

Playoff for Bronze medal
Player
1st extra hole
2nd extra hole
3rd extra hole
4th extra hole
Hole
18
10
11
18
Par
4
3
4
4
C.T. Pan
4
3
3
4
Collin Morikawa
4
3
3
5
Rory McIlroy
4
3
4
Mito Pereira
4
3
4
Sebastián Muñoz
4
3
5
Paul Casey
5
Hideki Matsuyama
5


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Xander Schauffele
-18
68
63
68
67
266
2
Rory Sabbatini
-17
69
67
70
61
267
2
C.T. Pan
-15
74
66
66
63
269
3
Collin Morikawa
-15
69
70
67
63
269
T4
Rory McIlroy
-15
69
66
67
67
269
T4
Mito Pereira
-15
69
65
68
67
269
T4
Sebastián Muñoz
-15
67
69
66
67
269
T4
Paul Casey
-15
67
68
66
68
269
T4
Hideki Matsuyama
-15
69
64
67
69
269
T10
Joaquin Niemann
-14
70
69
66
65
270
T10
Cameron Smith
-14
71
67
66
66
270
T10
Sepp Straka
-14
63
71
68
68
270
13
Corey Conners
-13
69
71
66
65
271
T14
Viktor Hovland
-12
68
69
71
64
272
T14
Abraham Ancer
-12
69
69
66
68
272
T16
Jhonattan Vegas
-11
66
70
70
67
273
T16
Alex Noren
-11
67
67
72
67
273
T16
Scott Vincent
-11
73
67
66
67
273
T16
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-11
68
70
68
67
273
T16
Thomas Pieters
-11
65
76
64
68
273
T16
Tommy Fleetwood
-11
70
69
64
70
273
T22
Justin Thomas
-10
71
70
68
65
274
T22
Patrick Reed
-10
68
71
70
65
274
T22
Sungjae Im
-10
70
73
63
68
274
T22
Thomas Detry
-10
70
67
68
69
274
T22
Shane Lowry
-10
70
65
68
71
274
T27
Matthias Schwab
-9
69
69
70
67
275
T27
Renato Paratore
-9
71
70
67
67
275
T27
Jazz Janewattananond
-9
64
71
72
68
275
T27
Sami Valimaki
-9
70
70
68
67
275
T27
Joachim B Hansen
-9
66
73
67
69
275
T32
Ashun Wu
-8
72
71
67
66
276
T32
Si Woo Kim
-8
68
71
70
67
276
T32
Guido Migliozzi
-8
71
65
68
72
276
T35
Hurly Long
-7
70
70
70
67
277
T35
Romain Langasque
-7
69
70
69
69
277
T35
Fabrizio Zanotti
-7
73
67
68
69
277
T38
Rikuya Hoshino
-6
71
68
73
66
278
T38
Adri Arnaus
-6
68
69
74
67
278
T38
Yechun Yuan
-6
69
68
70
71
278
T38
Rasmus Hojgaard
-6
73
68
66
71
278
T42
Ryan Fox
-5
70
72
73
64
279
T42
Anirban Lahiri
-5
67
72
68
72
279
T42
Carlos Ortiz
-5
65
67
69
78
279
T45
Gunn Charoenkul
-4
71
71
71
67
280
T45
Kalle Samooja
-4
75
68
70
67
280
T45
Henrik Norlander
-4
68
73
72
67
280
T45
Antoine Rozner
-4
68
69
73
70
280
T45
Maximilian Kieffer
-4
73
69
67
71
280
50
Mackenzie Hughes
-3
69
72
65
75
281
T51
Marc Leishman
-2
70
71
72
69
282
T51
Adrian Meronk
-2
72
71
69
70
282
T53
Kristian K. Johannessen
E
72
70
71
71
284
T53
Garrick Higgo
E
71
71
70
72
284
55
Juvic Pagunsan
+1
66
73
76
70
285
56
Udayan Mane
+3
76
69
70
72
287
T57
Rafael Campos
+4
73
73
70
72
288
T57
Gavin Kyle Green
+4
74
72
70
72
288
59
Jorge Campillo
+5
70
75
69
75
289
60
Ondrej Lieser
+10
72
77
73
72
294
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