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SDSU alumnus Xander Schauffele with his gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo by Getty Images. SDSU alumnus Xander Schauffele with his gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo by Getty Images.
 


Xander Schauffele Wins Olympic Gold Medal

The SDSU alumnus was a seven-time Mountain West Conference Golfer of the Week.
By GoAztecs
 

Former San Diego State University men’s golfer Xander Schauffele captured the gold medal in the men’s individual stroke play event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Sunday at the par-71, 7,447-yard Kasumigaseki Country Club. Representing the United States, Schauffele carded a 4-under 67 in the final round and finished the four-day event at 18-under 266.

Schauffele, a San Diego native who attended Scripps Ranch High School, was a third-team All-American in 2015 from both Golfweek and GCAA at SDSU, while also finishing as a three-time all-Mountain West selection and seven-time MW Golfer of the Week. He finished his three-year Aztec career with two individual titles, 16 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 showings. Currently the fifth-ranked player in the world, Schauffele has won four times over his career on the PGA Tour.

In Kawagoe, Japan, Schauffele vaulted into the lead after an 8-under 63 in the second round on Friday following an opening round 3-under 68. He then birdied the par-4, 500-yard 18th hole on Saturday to card another 68, maintaining a one-stroke lead.

In Sunday’s final round, Schauffele opened with consecutive birdies on the par-4, 411-yard first hole and the par-4, 381-yard second. He then birdied the par-5, 640-yard fifth and the par-5, 586-yard eighth to log a 4-under 32 front nine. After five consecutive pars, however, Schauffele bogeyed the par-5, 625-yard 14th following a wayward tee shot. Schauffele rebounded with a birdie on the par-4, 343-yard 17th and then hit a dart on his third shot on No. 18 before making a 3-foot par to secure the win for the United States.

Read more about Xander Schauffele (’15) and Austin Kaiser (’14), the caddie and former SDSU teammate who accompanied him to Japan, in the Summer 2021 issue of SDSU Magazine.