The International Golf Federation has announced the draw for the first and second rounds of the Men’s Golf Competition at Rio 2016.
Three-time major champion Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington and Italy’s Matteo Manassero, both of whom formed part of the International Golf Federation’s delegation that presented golf’s case for inclusion in the Games at the 2009 IOC Session in Copenhagen, will play together in the second group out. The Irishman and Italian will be joined by New Zealand’s Danny Lee.
At 7.30am local time on Thursday 11th August, however, history will be made when Brazilian, Adilson da Silva, hits the opening tee shot and golf’s return to the Olympic Games will be complete.
Two further Olympic connections are celebrated in the first group. Canada’s Graham DeLaet, whose countryman George Lyon won the Olympic gold medal in 1904, the last time golf was part of the Olympic programme, will tee off second. Byeong Hun An, the son of two Olympic table tennis medallists at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, will complete the group.
Other notable groupings include 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett from Britain who will play with American Matt Kuchar and China’s Haotong Li. Two-time Masters winner, Bubba Watson, is in the same group as former US Open champion Martin Kaymer from Germany and India’s Anirban Lahiri.
World number seven Rickie Fowler from the USA, former US Open champion Justin Rose, from Britain, and last month’s winner of the Canadian Open, Jhonattan Vegas, will play together. 2016 British Open Champion and world number five Henrik Stenson will play alongside Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and Rafa Cabrera Bello at in Thursday’s final group.