Pagunsan wraps up Olympic stint with 70, finishes 55th in men's golf


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Juvic Pagunsan carded a 1-under 70 to finish 55th in the men’s golf competitions of the Tokyo Olympics Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

The 43-year-old had three birdies and committed two bogeys to finish with a four-day total of 285, 19 shots off American Xander Schaufelle who won the gold by a stroke over Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini.

Pan Cheng-Tsung of Taiwan took the bronze after winning the four-hole playoff over six others including Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, British Open victor Collin Morikawa and multi-title major champion Rory McIlroy.

Pagunsan opened his first Olympic campaign on a bright note in fifth place with a 66 highlighted by six birdies.

But Pagunsan faltered in the next two days with bogey-prone scores of 73 and 76 to fall out of medal contention.

Attention will now turn on women’s golf which starts Wednesday, Aug. 4 as Yuka Saso hopes to build on her US Women’s Open victory.

Also representing the Philippines is Bianca Pagdanganan.