Justin Rose makes hole-in-one as Olympic golf tournament begins

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

The tournament lost much of its prestige after the world's four top-ranked players, Australian Jason Day, Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, opted not to take part, citing concerns over the Zika virus.

Rose climbed up the leaderboard to three under par in the first round, one ahead of Team GB team-mate Danny Willett.

"It's the end of a long journey, or the beginning of a new one", said the former R&A chief executive shortly after Adilson Da Silva had struck the opening tee shot. I think Adilson said it all there - the relief on his face when he hit a good drive was a lot more than for a normal event.

"It was hard", the 44-year-old said after regaining his composure. Sometimes it would break if the wood was too soft.

Rose sandwiched the ace between birdies at the third and fifth holes but a bogey at the par-three sixth left him on three under, level fifth as he made the turn on a windy day over the links-style layout. I really wanted to be here. "Most weeks there are 156 players and only one victor. They know they are missing out".

Rose finished the opening round in a tie for fourth place but his ace on the par-three fourth hole was the stand-out moment from Thursday's play which ended with Australia's Marcus Fraser as the clubhouse leader.

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