Fowler, Watson dine with divers, watch Phelps win gold

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

Martin Kaymer claims the few days he's spent at the Olympics are "already the greatest week of my career".

The former University High golfer hasn't cracked the world top five yet, though he's been a regular in the top 10 and now comes in at No. 14, which puts him ahead of PGA champion Jimmy Walker (No. 17), two-time major victor Zach Johnson (No. 22) and "Mr. 58" Jim Furyk (No. 23).

The Olympic men's and women's golf tournaments, golf's first appearance in the games since 1904, will be shown in their entirety on the Golf Channel. He said while he understood other golfers had their reasons for dropping out, he felt prepared to handle any mosquito-related risks. The event, returning to the Games for the first time since 1904, lost almost 20 top players this year, the majority of whom dropped out of the tournament for fear for the widely-publicized Zika virus.

"Still a lot of golf to be played".


"He gets his tail up" representing the USA, said NBC golf analyst David Feherty, who mentioned Reed and British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden as two of his top medal picks. "It's one of those things, being an outdoor sport you know you have three things you have to do". "I've always used bug spray". The men's tournament begins Thursday and the women's tournament begins August 17.

"Mosquitoes are mosquitoes, you see them all over the world", Reed said. "It doesn't matter where you are in the world, those are the norms for playing golf".

While a leaderboard full of top U.S. and global golfers begged off from playing in the Rio Olympics - some citing Zika virus concerns, some like Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy petulantly declaring he didn't become a golfer to help grow the game and that he won't even be watching Olympic golf - Reed was happy to represent Team USA after U.S. Open champ and world No. 2-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson pulled out. All three played when winds picked up after the day broken calm, but others who faced the worst of the gusts turned in solid scores, including Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who shot 66 to share second with Canadian Graham DeLaet, and Great Britain's Justin Rose, who made the first hole-in-one in Olympic history en route to a 67.

The Olympic golf course was built for the Rio Games at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca.


"To be able to call ourselves Olympians, it's nearly - it's hard to explain", he said.

When all four players met in the media on Tuesday for a pre-tournament news conference, they lit up the room with their stories and good-natured banter. Reed, whose PGA Tour bio lists him at 6-feet and 200 pounds, joked he probably wouldn't be qualified to run track and field, either.

Team USA has four golfers in Rio; Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, and Matt Kutcher.

Say this for Watson and the others, they have so far relished their time in Rio and immersed themselves in the Olympic experience. And while the Americans aren't playing for a collective medal, he said he feels the team spirit. "I was definitely showing them that we're having a good time down here".


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