US team golfer Xander Scheatele won a thrilling gold medal in men’s golf on Sunday.
The 27-year-old, one of four American golfers on the field, clocked a 67th final round to finish at 18 under the tournament, a stroke ahead of Slovakian Rory Sabbatini who won the silver medal.
ScHotele came close to securing a decisive victory before in his career, finishing tied for second at the Masters and the Open, as well as tied for third at the US Open.
However, he won a famous gold medal for the US team, making golf history with regular golf interspersed with brilliant games.
When asked if this was the biggest win of his career, ScHotele agreed.
“For me, I really wanted to win for my dad. I’m sure he’s crying somewhere right now. I sort of wanted this one more than any other.
“First, you try to represent your country to the best of your ability, then you add family elements on top of that and, you know, I’m probably going to have a good call with my grandparents tonight. sure they’re back home, everyone’s back home watching I have felt the love of San Diego and Las Vegas the whole time.
“I’m a little speechless right now, quite frankly.”
Scuffele’s father Stefan, who is also his coach, described being “very, very proud” to see his son win the gold medal at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
“It’s going to take a while to settle down. I was pretty cold there, to be honest with you. It was just a process that we were watching. But when I talked about the podium and the anthem , I choked. I describe today as definitely in need of a towel moment (to hide his emotions). I am very, very proud. “
As Sabbatini took home the silver, the bronze medal went to a remarkable seven-man playoff between CT Pan, Collin Morikawa, Mito Pereira, Paul Casey, Sebastian Munoz, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama. This septet comprised seven different nationalities.
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