Olympics: Juvic Pagunsan ends golf campaign in 55th place

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Philippines' Juvic Pagunsan watches his drive from the 2nd tee in round 3 of the men's golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on July 31, 2021. (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO / AFP) (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippines' Juvic Pagunsan watches his drive from the 2nd tee in round 3 of the men's golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on July 31, 2021. (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO / AFP) (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO/AFP via Getty Images)

After standing close to the summit of the leaderboard in the opening round, Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan found himself at the near end of the rankings when the men's individual golf tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came to a close on Sunday (August 1).  

Pagunsan, who peaked at fifth place in round one, finished 55th overall out of 60 competitors with a one over par across the 72-hole course to bow out of contention.  

Still, the 43-year-old Pagunsan, the oldest member of the Philippine contingent, made sure to go down swinging in the final round of the competition at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. 

Pagunsan, who only managed a total of two birdies in the two previous rounds, racked up three birdies and two bogeys for a one under par in the fourth round, ending his maiden Summer Games campaign on a positive note.  

The medal hopes of the Philippines in the golf circuit of the Tokyo Games now fall on the shoulders of Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan, both of whom will compete in the women's individual golf event slated to start on Wednesday, August 4.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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