OLYMPICS GOLF – AN EXHILARATING FINAL ROUND WITH GOLD TO XANDER SCHAUFFELE

It was quite an experience to sit in front of a giant television set to watch the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat play out right in front of your eyes. There was no better example of this exhilarating experience than the final round of the Men’s Golf Tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

OLYMPICS GOLF – AN EXHILARATING FINAL ROUND WITH GOLD TO XANDER SCHAUFFELE

There was no let up especially towards the tail-end of the tournament as the front runners took turns to better each other. The showdown featured golfers who have the scalps of golf’s Majors to their names and rising stars playing for the pride and glory of their respective countries.

OLYMPICS GOLF – AN EXHILARATING FINAL ROUND WITH GOLD TO XANDER SCHAUFFELE

The final round saw 60 golfers fight for the honour to claim the three medals on offer.  The Olympic Gold medal was determined in regulation play when the 27-year-old Californian Xander Schauffele outlasted Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama to lift the gold for the United States. The American won gold with a closing 68 at Kasumigaseki Country Club to clip Rory Sabbatini by one stroke on a wild Sunday of golf outside of Tokyo.

The silver medal, surprising went to a golfer who has not been at the front-line of the mainstream game for quite a while. That medal went to one-time South African star who was playing for his new home nation of Slovakia – Rory Sabbatini was the club-house leader at 17-under par and was all set to take on Schauffele for a play-off for gold but the American sneaked into the pole spot to win at 18-under par.

Once the gold and silver medal winners were decided, the Olympics final round in golf went into a play-off featuring seven players who were deadlocked at 15-under par – these seven players had to battle it out until one of them emerged as the winner for the bronze medal. Never in the history of the PGA Tour has there been a play-off involving seven players. This was indeed an Olympic record.

The seven players were Japan’s Matsuyama, Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, Taiwan’s C.T. Pan, England’s Paul Casey, Chile’s Mito Pereira, American Collin Morikawa and Colombian Sebastian Munoz.

The play-off came to an end when Pan, with his wife on his bag outlasted Morikawa to win the Olympic bronze for Taiwan.