Justin Thomas Salutes Xander Schauffele for Historic Gold Medal Achievement at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 5:43 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Medal Ceremony – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medalist Xander Schauffele of the United States bites his medal. REUTERS/Murad Sezer


The men’s golf competition came to a grand conclusion at Tokyo Olympics 2020. After the end of four rounds, it was American Xander Schauffele who kept his cool and won the tournament with a one-stroke lead. The golf community rendered its praise to Schauffele, and so did his teammate Justin Thomas. 

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Team USA sent four golfers to Tokyo Olympics 2020 in hopes of a podium finish. Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Reed, and Xander Schauffele all donned USA’s colors at Tokyo, and it was the latter who fulfilled the prophecy. 

Justin Thomas hails Xander Schauffele following gold medal triumph

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The Americans were touted to clinch at least two medal positions at Tokyo Olympics 2020. While that, unfortunately, did not happen, Schauffele’s triumph filled the void. Moreover, teammate Justin Thomas was one of the first ones to congratulate Schauffele on his historic victory. 

“So pumped for @xanderschauffele. Guy works his tail off and brought a First place medal to @teamusa!!! Massive congrats to him, his dad, caddie @austin_kaiser and everybody on his team for an unbelievable accomplishment. Well done bro!” Thomas wrote on Instagram. 

This was such a wholesome message from Justin Thomas. The 2021 Players Championship winner did not find success at Tokyo Olympics 2020 but graciously applauded Schauffle for his gritty play at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. 

Xander Schauffele brought the USA its first Olympic gold in golf for the first time since 1900. Moreover, with this triumph, he also maintained the United States’ 100% medal-winning record in golf competitions at the Olympic games. 

Schauffele dedicated the victory to his dad

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Schauffele had to overcome nerves to post-victory at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He did not have a commanding lead entering the final round but managed to keep his cool through 18 holes. Eventually, Schauffele won the tournament by a one-stroke lead. 

“You know, I really, really wanted to win it for my dad. I’m sure he’s crying somewhere right now. But yeah, I just, I kind of want this one more than the other one,” Schauffele told the media

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 4 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 1, 2021. Xander Schauffele of the United States reacts after winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Schauffele’s father is German and had his Olympic dream cut short due to an accident that blinded his left eye. Hence, Xander’s victory means so much to Stefan Schauffele as well, who has been integral towards his son’s success on the grand stage. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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