The United States made it a clean sweep for the golf competition in the Olympic Games recently completed in Japan. Xander Schauffele went first, capturing the gold medal at Kasumigaseki Country Club. Schauffele is a bona fide star in international golf, so his victory was no fluke. He held off some of the best competitors from around the world, including the surprising Rory Sabbatini, who captured the silver medal after shooting a blistering 61 the final round. Schauffele now has five professional wins to his credit, although many people expect he will win many more, as he is a constant presence on leaderboards, especially at major championships.

Nelly Korda then completed the gold-medal sweep when she won the women’s competition a week later. Her second-round 62 was instrumental in her victory, as silver medal winner Mone Inami was right on her heels, just one shot back after four rounds. Although Inami did not win, her silver medal was a point of pride in her home country of Japan. Korda’s win cemented her status as the best player in the women’s game as she is officially ranked #1. Her Olympics victory is her eight win in her career while playing at the highest level, and the fourth this year. Once known as Jessica Korda’s little sister, Nelly has forged her own identity and offers a bright spot for American women’s golf.

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