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Anirban Lahiri obscured his shoulder injury to play for the nation

Anirban Lahiri, the highest ranked Indian golfer endured a shoulder injury during the British open in Scotland this year. Lahiri was bound to miss the Olympics, but the opportunity to represent the country at Olympics too was once in a lifetime chance. Lahiri thus decided to hide his injury and compete at the Olympics.

Anirban showed great patriotism when he chose to wear the tricolour rather than the millions on offer during the series that lay ahead.

Anirban had a disappointing Olympic outing and is now forced to take four weeks off to nurse his injury.

Lahiri's post on his Facebook Page after the Golf's men event at the Olympics.
Lahiri’s tweet after the Golf’s men event at the Olympics.

The top ranked Indian golfer will now miss the lucrative FedexCup Playoffs in his first full season on the PGA TOUR. The good news though is that Anirban has secured his card for the next season and will be eligible to play a full season soon as he recovers.

Golfoy hopes that Anirban makes a quick recovery and return to the greens.

RIO 2016: Immense show of girl power as Aditi Ashok wraps up Indian hopes of a golf medal

After Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu drew the bronze and silver lining on the Indian medal tally, it was time for Aditi Ashok to flex her muscles and strengthen the Indian Medal tally.
A consistent 68 in the opening two rounds at the Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, made medal hopes for Aditi high, as she was comfortably placed in the top 10.
The round 3 brought disaster for Aditi as she bogeyed a no. of holes and finished the day at 31st place.                       Aditi’s poor show continued in the last round. She finished at 41st place.
Aditi scored a total of 291 (68,68,79,76).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Aditi Ashok of India in action during the third round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play golf on day 14 of the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Aditi Ashok of India in action during the third round of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play golf on day 14 of the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

“My Facebook page and Twitter has been going off quite a lot. I’m happy that a lot of people who didn’t really watch golf are watching golf now (in India). It’s only going to get better from here.”, said Aditi.

Aug 20, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Silver medalist Lydia Ko (NZL), left, gold medalist Inbee Park (KOR), and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN) show off their medals after competing in the final round of women's golf during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Silver medalist Lydia Ko (NZL), left, gold medalist Inbee Park (KOR), and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN) show off their medals after competing in the final round of women’s golf during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

South Korean Inbee Park clinched the gold with a total score of 16-under 268 (66-66-70-66), while New Zealand teenage sensation Lydia Ko scored 11-under 273 (69-70-65-69) for the silver. China’s Shanshan Feng, with a cumulative score of 274 (70-67-68-69), settled for the bronze.

RIO 2016: Aditi Ashok stays in medal contention after her sizzling performance in round 2

Aditi Ashok raised hopes an Olympic medal as she stood just 4 strokes off the pace at tied-eight after the second round of the women’s individual event.

The teenager from Bengaluru was just four shots behind the leader, Inbee park of South Korea after firing a second successive three-under 68, which included five birdies against a couple of bogeys, to move to six-under.

Inbee Park of South Korea topped the leader board with a handsome five-under 66 to have a total of 10-under 132 going into the third round.

Aditi stroked a consistent 68 in both the rounds and was at the tied-eighth position with four others.

Speaking about her round, Aditi, who plays on the Ladies European Tour said, “I shot three-under both days, so that’s pretty consistent for me. I dropped a few shots today, a couple of shots and I could have been a few shots better, but I’m happy going into the weekend?”

On the importance of her performance for the game back in India, the teenager, who has been a pro for just six months said, “I think it would be big in India, and also being a golfer, a woman golfer, it will definitely boost the popularity of the sport.

“That’s what I’m hoping to do. In India and also all over the world, because golf is in the Olympics for the first time, so I think it would make golf more public among the general people who watch golf, not just the golf fans who watch it right now.”

Speaking about the conditions, Aditi added, “It was a bit windy. It was windy for me on the back nine. But it’s different — it played different yesterday and it played different today because of the wind. I’m enjoying it.”

 

RIO 2016: Aditi Ashok fires a brilliant 68 in round 1

The youngest golfer in RIO defied her age to cement her place in the top contenders at Rio. Ashok made an 8-footer at the 18th hole to keep her sheet clean with a fine 68.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand finished 1st with an excellent 65 to gain a one-shot lead over Koreans Inbee Park and Seiyoung Kim.

After making par at the first hole, a par-5, Aditi gained a shot at the par-4 second hole. She carried that advantage through to the end of the front nine, making seven consecutive pars.

The back nine has been a tricky challenge for golfers, but Aditi would have none of that. She made birdies at the 10th and 14th holes to inch up the leaderboard. Aditi ended the day with four straight pars to complete her round.

“I’ve played the Youth Olympics, as well. I’ve kind of had that experience of playing that and it made me want to play in the Olympics as well. This is my rookie year,” reminded Aditi. “Getting the experience and playing for India and trying to win a medal for my country doesn’t get better than that.

“It would be huge for women’s golf in India, because we don’t have that many girls playing and this will definitely boost the popularity of the game in India and that’s what we need. So I hope I can do that,” added a confident Aditi.

Aditi’s stats were off the charts – 100% driving accuracy, 83% greens in regulation and 100% on scrambling underlining her solid performance on the first day of Olympic golf.

 

Jaco Van Zyl skips two majors to prepare for RIO.

Golfers have clearly not taken the Olympics very seriously in the past few weeks. Leading stars like Rory Mcllroy, Adam Scott, Shane Lowry and Jason Day have withdrawn because of the Zika virus threat. We could really end up in a scenario where top 5 golfers in the world are all absent from RIO 2016. The misfortune for golf’s first appearance since 1904.

One man is taking the proceedings very seriously, though. Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa has pulled out of the British Open and PGA Championship to focus on Rio.

Jaco Phillipus van Zyl has had 15 pro wins so far and entered the top 50 of world golf rankings for the very first time in February 2016.

“I was really starting to feel the effects of a very packed schedule at the French Open last week,” Van Zyl told Sport24. “This was definitely wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but something had to give and I decided to forego the majors in July in favour of the Olympics.

Jaco’s commitment could earn him a medal, But giving up two major appearances is a high price to pay for a relative unknown in Rio.