KAWAGOE, Japan — Xander Schauffele has 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.