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Brofessional Golfer’s Weekly Preview: Rio Olympics Stroke Play

August 11th-14th

Barra da Tijuca

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


How and When to Watch

Live Coverage:


6:30am – 3pm E.T. on Golf Channel 


Past Winners (1904)

Gold: George Lyon (CAN)

Silver: Chandler Egan (USA)

Bronze: Burt McKinne (USA), Francis Newton (USA)


Purse: Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal

Pride for your country



Capybaras and caimans and owls… OH MY! Yeah yeah I know what you’re thinkin, why is Rico Dangles talking about animals. Well, the course is crawling with them. Forget all the top golfers that backed out of the Olympics because of Zika. You've got to worry about giant rats down there in Rio. Burrowing owls in the bunkers, caimans and snakes creepin around the grass, incredible.

Now to the course: No trees. No member bounces. Nothing. Grip it and rip it, but watch out for the links-style undulations on almost every hole. If you think you’re safe because there is no rough – think again. The course is lined with native sand and grass areas which look like your standard fescue to the untrained eye. However, the stuff is pretty nasty. 79 bunkers on the course with 3 different types of sand due to mining operations prior to the course being built will cause these Olympians to have to carefully dissect bunker shots.

Olympic Golf Course Sand

The designer, Hanse, also built the course with water on only 4 holes – my kind of dude. Won't be too difficult to stay out of the drink. Due to the fact that both men’s and women’s competitions will take place here; the course is a “relatively short” par 71 course with 7,128 yards for the men and 6,245 for the women. I would be lucky to shoot under 100 from the ladies tees at this place let’s be honest, bros.


Country Representatives and World Golf Ranks

Argentina: Emiliano Grillo (39), Fabian Gomez (79)

Australia: Scott Hend (78), Marcus Fraser (90)

Austria: Bernd Wiesberger (58)

Bangladesh: Siddikur Rahman (318)

Belgium: Nicolas Colsaerts (127), Thomas Pieters (64)

Brazil: Adilson da Silva (288)

Canada: Graham DeLaet (145), David Hearn (139)

Chile: Felipe Aguilar (265)

China: Li Haotong (155), Wu Ashun (142)

Chinese Taipei: Cheng Tsung Pan (203), Wen Tang Lin (234)

Denmark: Soren Kjeldsen (44), Thorbjorn Olesen (68)

Finland: Mikko Ilonen (237), Roppe Kakko (298)

France: Gregory Bourdy (107), Julien Quesne (133)

Germany: Martin Kaymer (50), Alex Cejka (119)

Great Britain: Danny Willet (9), Justin Rose (12)

India: Anirban Lahiri (69), Shiv Chawrasia (229)

Ireland: Padraig Harrington (128), Seamus Power (295)

Italy: Matteo Manassero (338), Nino Bertasio (308)

Japan: Yuta Ikeda (95), Shingo Katayama (124)

Malaysia: Danny Chia (242), Gavin Green (289)

Mexico: Rodolfo Cazaubon (381)

Netherlands: Joost Luiten (66)

New Zealand: Danny Lee (45), Ryan Fox (156)

Norway: Espen Kofstad (301)

Paraguay: Fabrizio Zanotti (153)

Philippines: Miguel Tabuena (146)

Portugal: Ricardo Gouveia (131), Jose-Filipe Lima (405)

South Africa: Brandon Stone (96), Jaco van Zyl (71)

South Korea: Byeong Hun An (35), Jeung Hun Wang (75)

Spain: Sergio Garcia (11), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (29)

Sweden: Henrik Stenson (5), David Lingmerth (52)

Thailand: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (60), Thongchai Jaidee (43)

United States: Rickie Fowler (8), Bubba Watson (6), Patrick Reed (14), Matt Kuchar (20)

Venezuela: Jhonattan Vegas (80)


Quick Analysis

After looking at this list again, its pretty much down to who "could" beat the US and win a medal? We will be releasing Olympic golf power rankings shortly, but below are some powerhouse countries who can vie for medals:

Great Britain – Power team of Danny Willet (9) and Justin Rose (12). These dudes can ball and know how to win. However, the Olympics is all about country pride, and I'm sure the US will remember that 1776 pride and not let the Brits get close to a medal. Maybe that's just my bias of being a patriotic son of a bitch. 

Sweden – David Lingmerth (52) doesn't seem like too much of a threat. Sweden is on this list to dethrone the Americans because of one man – Henrik Stenson (5). I don't need to say much more.

Argentina – Emiliano Grillo (39) and Fabian Gomez (79) have burst onto the scene this year. Gomez has fallen off a bit, but Grillo has a true shot at taking down the USA. He dealt with near disaster from American Airlines temporarily losing his clubs, so you'll have to question whether he'll rebound from the emotional seesaw. 

Emiliano Grillo Lost Golf Clubs

Reunited with the tools. That's some love right there.

Spain – We all know about Sergio Garcia (11), so I'm hesitant to put Spain on this list. Being that it's not a major, I guess he has a shot in the dark taking home a medal. Fellow Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello (29) has been putting in work this year and could be a threat.


Stay tuned for our Olympic Golf Power Rankings. 

Still not sold on Olympic golf? Check out our Hating on Olympic Golf column.

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