Olympic Golf, Round 1: Americans don’t fare well, Aussie Marcus Fraser sets pace

By AJ Reilly  - VP of Media Operations
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Day one at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janiero kicked off this morning, bringing golf back to the Olympics for the first time in over 100 years. Brazil native Adilson de Silva had the honor of hitting the first tee shot to open the round. He was quoted as saying the honor was compared with “when my son was born.”

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Justin Rose got the excitement started with the first ace in the modern history of golf at the Olympics, with his hole-in-one on the par-3 4th hole. Rose would finish the day at 67 (-4). Check out his ace below:

The Americans didn’t fare as well as others. 38-year-old Floridian Matt Kuchar (No. 20 golfer in the world) paces Team USA at -2. Patrick Reed (No. 14) is at +1, Bubba Watson (No. 6) at +2 and Ricky Fowler (No. 8) brings up the rear at +4. Fowler in particular opened up in the worst possible way, four-putting on the 1st hole that led to a triple-bogey.

What bodes well for these players, or works against them, is the fact that there will be no 36-hole cut, they are guaranteed to be playing this weekend. With 54-holes left to play, there is a lot of time for either of these talents golfers to get into the mix at tournament’s end.  The leader at the end of round 1 is Aussie Marcus Fraser, who shot a -8, 63.

LEADERBOARD

PLACE GOLFER COUNTRY SCORE
1 Marcus Fraser Australia -8
T-2 Graham DeLaet Canada -5
T-2 Henrik Stenson Sweeden -5
T-4 Thomas Pieters Germany -4
T-4 Gregory Bourdy France -4
T-4 Alex Cejka Germany -4
T-4 Justin Rose Great Britian -4
T-4 Rafael Cabrera-Bello Spain -4
T-9 An Byeong Hun South Korea -3
T-9 Nicolas Colsaerts Germany -3

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