Olympic Recap

Xander Schauffele: As the late great DMX once said “X Gon’ Give It To Ya”…and this week the X-Man most certainly delivered to ya.  Xander gave the performance of a lifetime, winning the gold medal for the United States.  As a proud member of the Xander Schauffele Legion, this was just an incredible four days of golf.  I will continue blindly playing him in nearly every elite event.  He cashed my Top 10 ticket and won both matchups against JT and Rory.

Viktor Hovland: On Friday, Viktor looked to be on cruise control, at -7 thru 26 holes and only two shots off the lead.  Unfortunately, the tides turned, and Viktor proceeded to play his next 28 holes at two over par, going into the final round at -5 and out of contention.  He gave a valiant effort on Sunday, shooting a 64, but it was too little too late, as he finished T14.  Fortunately, he was able to outlast Patrick Reed in his matchup, somewhat making up for his disappointing performance this week.

Shane Lowry: At one point Saturday, Lowry was one shot off the lead and looked poised to make a run at the podium.  He faded off slightly, going into the final round three shots off the lead and tied for 9th.  Unfortunately, the wheels came entirely off as the Irishman tried to pin hunt his way into contention, but instead found himself shooting a 38 on the front 9 and never recovered.  Lowry fell outside the Top 20, cruelly finishing T22, losing all of our bets in the process.  This was the risk of betting the Olympics, as I said on the radio show, as guys had nothing to lose by taking risks on Sunday with no prize money or FedEx points at stake. 

Marc Leishman: The Aussie is retired from the blog until further notice.  He never threatened whatsoever this week and finished T51 in a field of 60.  Just disappointing stuff once again.

Sungjae Im: At one point on Saturday, Im was +2 on the tournament and I had texted CactusKub to just quit following him.  All of sudden, a switch flipped and Sungjae birdied 10 of the next 16 holes to shoot a 63, putting himself into contention to potentially make a run at the podium.  Under immense pressure facing down the barrel of mandatory military service, Sungjae was unable to replicate his performance, shooting an insufficient 69 to finish T22.  He was able to win the matchup against fellow Korean Si Woo Kim, but just barely lost our T20/10 tickets.  

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