Tokyo Olympics: Xander Schauffele wins gold on dramatic final day

Last update on. From the section OlympicsTokyo Olympic Games on BBC Dates: 23 Jul-8 Aug Time in Tokyo: BST+8. Listen live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra, and Sounds; Live text and video clips available on BBC Sport app and website.American Xander Schauffele won the Olympic men's gold medal in golf on a thrilling final day that saw seven-way play for the bronze medal.CT Pan from Chinese Taipei claimed the title on the fourth hole. Rory McIlroy of Ireland and Paul Casey of Great Britain were eliminated earlier.Schauffele's overnight lead was erased on Sunday, before he birdied 17th to win by 1 stroke at Kasumigaseki Country Club.Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini finished in silver with a 10-under round of 61, an Olympic record.Drama continued when Pan defeated Open champion Collin Morikawa for bronze in a play off that also featured McIlroy and Casey, Japan's Masters champion Hideki Miatsuyama, Chilean Mito Pereira, and Colombian Sebastian Munoz.Schauffele was leading by one shot going into the final day. He extended that lead to three strokes with an birdie-birdie starter, adding two more before turning.As he reached the final stretch, Sabbatini's flying finish and an American bogey at 14 saw him close the gap.Schauffele was penalized for leaking into the bushes. He then caught a branch while downswinging and was able to escape with only one shot.The 27-year old spoke about his father, Stefan, who was a former German Decathlete. He lost one eye in a car accident that left him blind.Schauffele responded to his tie on the lead with a birdie the 17th to make it clear once again and look set to fulfill his father's Olympic dreams.There was an errant drive on hole five, but the world number five kept his cool and sank a par putt that won him the gold medal."I wanted to win for my father. He is probably crying right now, I'm sure. Schauffele, whose grandparents are from Tokyo, said that I had kind of wanted this one more than others."You're trying to represent your country the best you can, and then you add family stuff. Tonight, I will probably have a pleasant call with my grandparents."Everyone is watching from home. I felt the love from San Diego, Las Vegas and all of it. "I'm speechless right now.The most dramatic of finishesIt is rare to see a seven-way play-off at the highest level of golf.However, that's the drama of a race for medals and a shootout was required with seven of the best in the world tied at 15 under after four rounds.Britain's Casey dropped out of the race after failing to recover from an accident. Home favourite Matsuyama was also eliminated at the first hurdle.As all five hopefuls made par, the remaining five could not be separated from each other on the par-three tenth.American Morikawa made his approach on the 11th, to within two feet of Pan. Pan then followed him down for birdie.Pereira, world number 118, saw his putt lip removed and McIlroy also burnt the edge of cup. Munoz was left with only two players.The last pair returned to the 18th, but Morikawa discovered a bunker that was open to Pan, and Pan took bronze."Overwhelming pride"Five years ago, Justin Rose won the gold medal for Britain in Rio. Casey was still in contention for a silver medal for Britain all week before his bid ended in the playoff."The overwhelming thing in life is pride. Casey said that there were great emotions and frustrations at the same moment. "It's shown us how important the Olympics are to everyone."Tommy Fleetwood, GB teammate posted a fourth consecutive under-par round 70. This included an eagle and four birdies. Five bogeys were added to tie for 16th at 11 over.McIlroy from Northern Ireland was eligible to play for Team GB, but he represented Ireland at amateur level. He enjoyed his Olympic experience, however, and was skeptical about going to Japan."I have never worked so hard in my entire life to get third. He said that it's not something he finds himself in often."It's not my last chance. I'll be back at Paris in three years and will give my best. That's the good news."This isn’t just another tournament. It’s much larger than that. I didn’t realize that until I got there."