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Monday, August 2, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Men’s Olympic Golf

Winners: Xander Schauffele, gold; Rory Sabatini, silver; C.T. Pan, bronze

Around the wider world of golf: Pajaree Anannarukarn won the women's division and Daniel Gavins won the men's division of the ISPS HANDA World Invitational on the ET/LET/LPGA; Annika Sorenstam won the US Senior Women's Open; Michael Thorbjornsen won the Western Amateur; Ji Hyun Oh won the KLPGA's Jeju Samdasoo Masters; and Yuri Yoshida won the JLPGA'S Rakuten Super Ladies. [Thanks, IC!}

Gold medalist Xander Schauffele

I wanted a photo of all three winners but I couldn't find one without them wearing masks. Apparently only the gold medalist gets the photographers excited.

All things considered, my Twofer Tuesday picks didn't do so bad. I had Collin Morikawa (T4) and Viktor Hovland (T14). Viktor got derailed by a 71 in Round 3 but Collin made the bronze medal playoff.

  • Top10s: 19 for 62 (15 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 30 events

I don't even know how to sum up this event. There was no runaway in this event -- although Schauffele's victory wasn't really in doubt, it was just a one-shot victory -- and there was a seven-man playoff for the bronze medal. The playoff was a golf promoter's dream, with OWGR Top15 players Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Collin Morikawa battling Paul Casey, Mito Pereira, Sebastián Muñoz and C.T. Pan, who ultimately won it. Pan shot a final round 63 to make that playoff.

The real shocker was Rory Sabatini's Olympic record 61 to miss the gold medal by a single shot. Rory said he had taken Slovakian citizenship (via his wife Martina) to help out her relative's fledgling Slovak Golf Federation. I guess he succeeded!

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes all three winners... because, after all, Olympic medal winners are one of the most exclusive clubs on the planet, regardless of your medal's color.

The results opened everyone’s eyes!
While Schauffele was not a surprise,
Sabatini and Pan
Made a final-round stand
That reminds us… it’s anyone’s prize.

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