Xander Schauffele or Hideki Matsuyama – Who Has the Better Chance of Winning Gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Published 07/31/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 3 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Xander Schauffele of the United State and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan stand next to each other. REUTERS/Toby Melville


The men’s golf competition is currently underway at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Xander Schauffele is leading the tournament by one stroke with a score of -14. The final round is going to be a cliffhanger as the leaderboard is completely packed at the top with nine players within four strokes of the leader. 

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Furthermore, local hero Hideki Matsuyama is also in contention for the gold. The 2021 Masters champion is just a stroke behind Xander with a score of -13. And these two players will fight it hard and are top contenders for a gold medal finish. 

Looking at the current leaderboard Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama are the favorites to get their hands on the gold medal. But who among these two has a better chance of finishing at the top? 

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Xander Schauffele or Hideki Matsuyama – Who has the better chance at winning gold?

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 3 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Xander Schauffele of the United States shakes hands with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. REUTERS/Toby Melville

It is extremely difficult to predict who has a better chance since there isn’t much to split between the leaderboard or the style of play. Both these players go neck-to-neck in almost all departments of the game. But the only thing which takes Hideki ahead of Xander is his calmness under pressure. 

We have seen plenty of times Xander struggling to close out a tournament. He tends to lose grip of his game and self-induce problems that mount pressure. So in the final round, with so many competitors who are just behind him, it is not going to be an easy thing for Xander Schauffele to remain calm and hold his nerves. 

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However, local hero Hideki Matsuyama will also be under pressure with plenty of expectations from his countrymen. But Hideki successfully handled massive pressure recently at the 2021 Masters to win the green jacket. So, he knows the right way to finish a big tournament which Xander has been failing to do for years. 

But in saying so, never count Xander Schauffele out as he has the ability to turn things around at any time. Moreover, it is not all about Hideki and Xander in the final round, as there are quite a few players who can move up and get a top podium finish. 

Other players in contention

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Apart from Hideki and Xander, there are around nine players within four strokes of the lead. So, players like Paul Casey, Carlos Ortiz, Sebastian Munoz, and the former world no.1 Rory McIlroy are just two or three strokes behind and are equally in contention to go for the gold. So the stage is set for a battle royale at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Sunday, and hopefully, we will witness a cliffhanger of a final round.   

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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