Olympics Men’s Golf Recap

Round 1

In the first round, Austrian Sepp Straka finished at the top of the leaderboard with an -8 (63). He shot a bogey free round. The weather of the first round was rather humid and soggy. The first round also had a two hour weather delay. Straka was out with the first group avoiding the delay. The top eight of the first round were outside of the top ten ranking. It seemed as though the weather had an effect on the top ranked golfers. The Canadian men finished in the top twenty with the score of -2 (69).

Round 2

In the second round, the first round leader Sepp Strake shot an even par round. The top ranked golfers seemed to have shaken off their round one struggles and started to take over the leaderboard. At the top was Xander Schauffle who shot a 8 under par round to finish -11 (63). The other top ranked golfers to finish the second round in the top ten were Hideki Matsuyama (-9), Rory McIlroy (-7) and Paul Casey (-7). The two favorites going into the event, Justin Thomas and Colin Morikawa, were outside of the top twenty. Corey Conners maintained his score of the first round with an even par score. Mackenzie Hughes dropped a shot and finished -1. 

Round 3

Xander Schauffle maintained his lead on the field with a 3 shot under par round. He was closely followed by Hideki Matsuyama who shot a four shot under par round and only one shot behind. Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey also continued their charge up the leaderboard getting into the top five. Colin Morikawa made his way into the top twenty trying to catch the leaders and have a shot at the podium. But, he had his work cut out for him to make up the five shot lead to the podium. The Canadians also made their way into the top twenty with round 5 and 6 shots under par.  

Round 4

In the final round, Schauffle kept up his lead with four shots under par round. He took the gold medal and was the second American alongside Charles Sands in 1900 to win the gold medal in the event after men’s golf only made four appearances in the Olympics. The silver medalist Rory Sabbatini from Slovakia made an unbelievable charge to the podium. He began the round tied for seventeenth with the leader double the amount of shots ahead. In the fourth round, he shot an incredible 10 under par round. For the bronze medal, there was a seven way tie. Which meant that there needed to be a playoff. As for the Canadians, Corey Conners finished in 13th with another underpar round. Mackenzie Hughes, unfortunately, finished his final round with only round above par. He dropped to 50th. 

Bronze Medal Play-off

In the playoff, all seven golfers replayed the 18th hole. All of but two of them shot par. Therefore, they moved on to the next hole with another shot at the bronze. The same result happened on hole 10 where the same golfers shot par. At the next hole, Mito Pereira and Rory McIlory were eliminated from contention after finishing the hole in four shots. On the last hole, C T Pan and Colin Morikawa were the final two. C T Pan took the bronze medal after shooting a par. 

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