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Tokyo Olympics: American Xander Schauffele Wins Golf Gold, Rory Sabbatini Gets Surprise Silver

Xander Schauffele completed on 18-under par 266 after carding a 67.© AFP

Xander Schauffele gained the boys’s golf event on the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday by one shot from shock silver medallist Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia. The American world quantity 5 completed on 18-under par 266 after carding a 67 whereas veteran Sabbatini, 45, shot a shocking, course-record 10-under par last spherical of 61. Overnight chief Schauffele acquired off to a quick begin with and had reached 18-under by the flip, however struggled to increase his benefit on the again 9. He dropped a shot on the par-five 14th to fall right into a tie with Sabbatini, the clubhouse chief, however restored his slender benefit on the 17th.

A wayward drive on the tough 18th left him with solely a lay-up out of timber earlier than he acquired up and down underneath immense strain from 80 yards to safe the gold.

The South African-born Sabbatini got here into the Olympics ranked 204 on the earth and with little kind this 12 months, having missed his final 4 cuts on the US PGA Tour.

He had not gained an occasion on the PGA Tour because the 2011 Honda Classic and his greatest exhibiting in a significant was tied second on the 2007 US Masters.

He is one in every of solely 41 athletes within the Slovakian workforce and the one golfer.

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There is a seven-man sudden-death playoff for bronze in two groupings going again to the 18th tee, the primary comprising British Open champion Collin Morikawa, C.T. Pan of Taiwan, Mito Pereira of Chile and Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz.

The second group brackets residence favorite and US Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, former world primary Rory McIlroy and Britain’s Paul Casey.

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