Schauffele Leads Olympic Golf As Matsuyama And McIlroy Charge

The leaderboard is shaping up very nicely at Kasumigaseki Country Club with two days left of the men's Olympic golf tournament

Schauffele Leads Olympic Golf As Matsuyama And McIlroy Charge
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The leaderboard is shaping up very nicely at Kasumigaseki Country Club with two days left of the men's Olympic golf tournament

Xander Schauffele matched the low round of the Olympic Golf tournament so far with a 63 on day two to lead at the near-halfway mark.

Play was suspended due to to dangerous weather with a few groups still yet to complete their rounds at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Schauffele, whose Taiwanese mother was brought up in Japan, sits at 11-under-par after 36 holes as he heads into the weekend as bookies' favourite to take gold for Team USA.

The four-time PGA Tour winner's 63 featured two eagles, six birdies and two bogeys, with an eagle and three birdies coming in a stunning final five hole stretch.

He is one ahead of Mexico's Carlos Ortiz at 10-under, two clear of a group on eight-under that includes Masters winner and home favourite Hideki Matsuyama.

Hideki still has two holes left to complete but was six-under for his second round through 16 holes thanks to six birdies and no dropped shots.

Rory McIlroy, making his Olympics debut, made five birdies and an eagle to charge up the leaderboard and give himself, and Ireland, a great shot at a medal on Sunday.

McIlroy is in contention at the Olympics

The four-time Major winner sits at seven-under-par after 36 holes and is just four strokes back with two days of golf left to play.

Whilst he may not be patriotic as such, McIlroy appears to be loving his Olympic experience so far.

"I think when you're a competitor and athlete and your sport is in the Olympics, you feel part of something that's bigger than your sport in general," he said.

"So I think if I've learnt anything already this week it's that you feel you're part of something bigger, which is a cool thing."

McIlroy's Irish teammate Shane Lowry is also at seven-under after a 65.

Team GB's Paul Casey is another at seven-under, with Tommy Fleetwood at three-under.

First round leader Sepp Straka carded a level-par 71 to remain at eight-under.

Round two continues at 11.45pm GMT, with the final group going out in the third round at 3.18am GMT.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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