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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