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.
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.
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.”
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.
The golf’s men event at the Olympics made a huge return, the Indians played tough but could not win a medal.
The golf’s women event in the Olympics begins today and we have a solo Indian women qualified named ‘Aditi Ashok’.
The young golfer made headlines at the Ricoh women’s British open when she topped the order of merit at the qualifying stage. Aditi will now represent India at the Rio Olympics.
The International Golf Federation this morning announced the draw for the first and second rounds of the women’s golf competition at Rio 2016 when a field of 60 competitors will be seeking to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Abbott of the United States, who won the gold medal in Paris in 1900.
Aditi Ashok tees up with Ciganda Carlota of Spain and Verchenova Maria of Russia.
AnirbanLahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a messy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 in the opening round of the golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
Anirban finished the day just inside the top 50. Chawrasia however, inside the top ten at one stage slipped a bit. In the final tally on day one, Lahiri and SSP were tied 49th an tied 27th respectively.
Lahiri dropped five bogeys against a couple of birdies, while Chawrasia’s four birdies were dissolved by his four bogeys as the duo found it difficult to conquer the Olympic golf course at the Barra da Tijuca region of Rio.
Lahiri did not have a good day one as he started with a bogey and then slipped on two more bogeys at the sixth and eighth holes to make the turn at three-over. Lahiri showed resilience towards the end, making four pars and two birdies in the final six holes to end day one on a positive note.
Chawrasia picked up two birdies at the second and fifth holes before dropping a shot at the seventh to lie one-under after the front nine but a birdie at the final 18th hole helped him end on an even-par.
The day though belonged to the Australian Marcus Fraser, Fraser fired a sizzling eight-under 63 to lead the clubhouse, followed by Canada’s Graham Delaet (66) and Thomas Pieters (67).
Anirban and Chawrasia have high hopes of making a podium finish and add up to the dry Indian medal tally.
The men’s golf event at the Olympics begins tomorrow at newly constructed Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro (Watch).
Seventy-two holes of individual stroke play with no cut. There’s no team element. Essentially, it’s like a World Golf Championships event. One difference, however, is the possibility of playoffs to determine gold, silver and bronze medals.
Here’s the full list of tee times and pairings (All times ET):
8:30 a.m. Thursday, 10:25 a.m. Friday: Adilson da Silva (BRA), Graham DeLaet (CAN), Byeong-Hun An (KOR)
8:41 a.m. Thursday, 10:36 a.m. Friday: Padraig Harrington (IRL), Matteo Manassero (ITA), Danny Lee (NZL)
8:52 a.m. Thursday, 10:47 a.m. Friday: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Gavin Green (MAS), Thomas Pieters (BEL)
The Olympics have begun and for the first time in over a century, golf is part of the games.
Starting this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, most players will get their first look at the Olympic golf course that will be hosting the men’s and women’s competitions. Situated in the Barra da Tijuca region of Rio, the course — designed by Gil Hanse and his team — will host the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.
Have a glimpse of the Olympic golf course right below:
Due to its environmentally sensitive area, Hanse was not allowed to import or remove sand. Thus, he used native sand for all 79 bunkers – but he opted for three different types. Players will need to understand the differences and the nuances of each type in order to adjust as necessary.
No rough, no trees. Instead, balls that run beyond the fairways will end up in native areas of grass and sand. In addition, there are 79 bunkers which are the “most dramatic” feature on the course.
This course-making at Barra da Tijuca is inspired by the sandbelt type courses in Australia.
The par for the championship layout of the course will be 71, with the total length for the Men’s competition being 6522m and for the Women’s competition 5944m.
The 31st Olympiad was declared open in Rio de Janeiro after an awe-inspiring opening ceremony at the Maracana football stadium. All 207 countries and for the first time, a Refugee team walked at the traditional Parade of Nations. As part of the tradition, Greece was first to march forward followed by other countries in alphabetical order in the Portuguese language.
As golf makes it return to Olympics after a century-long wait (Read more), take a glimpse of golfers marching with their country contingent at the opening ceremony of the RIO Olympics at the Maracana football stadium.
Siddikur Rahman from Bangladesh.
Siddikur Rahman made his whole country proud as he leads the Bangladesh contingent at the parade of nations in the opening ceremony (Read more).
Fabián Gómez from Argentina.
Fabián’s win at the Sony Open in Hawaii virtually guaranteed that he will wear Argentina’s colors in the Olympics when golf is played in the Games for the first time since 1904 in St. Louis.
Danny Chia from Malaysia.
It could be Malaysia’s best shot at Olympic gold dream with it’s golfing duo Danny Chia and Gavin Kyle Green strolling along women’s Michelle Koh and Kelly Tan.
Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose pose before the parade of nations at the Opening Ceremony.
Joost Luiten from Netherlands.
The world no. 65 made clear his way to represent Netherlands at the RIO 2016.
Bubba Watson from America.
The great Bubba Watson didn’t withdraw from the Olympics like his fellow golfers, and seems to be pretty excited as he flaunts his Olympic outfit.
Sergio Garcia from Spain.
Sergio tweets before the beginning of opening ceremony:
The International Golf Federation published the final Olympic rankings on its website on Monday, with Rahman’s position enough to qualify for Rio when golf makes it return to the Games for the first time since 1904.
“This is a great honour for me as well as for the game of golf,” the two-time Asian Tour winner told local media.
“I believe no other sportsman from the country ever took part in the Olympic Games through qualification before this. So I am honoured and glad that I will be representing my country through the game I play in Rio de Janeiro.
“I have already booked a ticket for Rio and hopefully, I will be able to make my country proud in the golf event.”
The 31-year-old dropped down the rankings in April but worked his way back into contention for the Games by finishing second in the Afr-Asia Mauritius Open a month later.