The International Golf Federation (IGF) announced the draw for the first and second rounds of the Men’s Golf Competition for RIO 2016 on Monday morning.
The player with the honour of hitting the first Olympic golf tee shot in 112 years in Brazilian Adilson da Silva. The 12-time Sunshine Tour winner will tee off at 7:30am local time on Thursday.
In his group will also be Graham DeLaet. The Canadian will be among two Canadians (David Hearn being the other) trying to repeat the feat of winning an individual Olympic Golf Medal, just as their countrymen George S. Lyon did for the last time in 1904.
Brantford, Ontario’s David Hearn will tee off at 10:25am on Thursday.
Other notable tee times include 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett from Great Britain who will play with American Matt Kuchar and China’s Haotong Li at 9:03am. Two-time Masters winner, Bubba Watson, will tee off at 9:14am in the same group as former US Open champion Martin Kaymer from Germany and India’s Anirban Lahiri. Siddikur Rahman, who carried Bangladesh’s flag during the Opening Ceremony, will begin their first round at 10:4am in a group with the Netherlands’ Joost Luiten and Ricardo Melo Gouveia from Portugal.
At 10:58am, world number seven Rickie Fowler from the USA, former US Open champion Justin Rose, from Great Britain, and last month’s winner of the Canadian Open, Jhonattan Vegas, will begin their bid for Olympic gold. And, at 11:09am The 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.
All tee times are in local time for Rio de Janeiro. A full listing of the draw is attached which includes Thursday and Friday tee times.
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) August 7, 2016