A near ace highlights former Hokie Scott Vincent’s final round at Tokyo Olympics

Japan 2020

Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe chips onto the 5th green during the final round of the men’s golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Kawagoe, Japan. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

KAWAGOE, Japan (WFXR/AP) — Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent finished 16th in his first-ever Olympic golf appearance, shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round. The former Hokie completed the four-day competition with a total of 11-under 273.

Vincent steadily improved throughout the tournament after shooting a 73 in the first round. He jumped from 34th to 17th heading into Sunday after his best round yet, 5-under 66.

One of the highlight from the final round was a near-ace on the par three 16th hole, with his tee shot landing by the pin and nearly falling for a hole in one. Vincent recorded five birdies in each of the last three rounds.

Xander Schauffele won the Olympic gold medal in golf in a tense finish. Schauffele was tied for the lead with Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia with two holes to play.

The American made birdie from 6 feet on the 17th hole to regain the lead. Then after a bad tee shot that forced him to play short of the water, he hit wedge to 4 feet and made the par to win.

Sabbatini set an Olympic record with a 61 and won the silver.

Hideki Matsuyama missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have secured him the bronze. He was in seven-man playoff for the final medal. C.T. Pan of Taiwan won the bronze in a playoff that lasted four holes.

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