After 112 years of being absent from the Olympics, golf is set to return to the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Thursday. Players are scheduled to begin teeing off for round one at about 6:30 a.m. EDT.
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Brazilian Adilson da Silva will have the honor of hitting the first Olympic golf shot in more than a decade. "It’s like having a hole in one and the feeling will sink in later. It’s quite a feeling. Very happy and honored for such a thing. Sometimes I think why do I deserve this?" he said, according to USA Today. "I hope I’ll be sleepy so I don’t feel the pressure so much."
Da Silva, 44, isn't given much of a chance to win the gold. The pro on the Southern Africa-based Sunshine Tour is getting 150-1 odds at Bovada.lv. The favorites to win are familiar faces to followers of the PGA Tour. The ten with the best odds are, according to Bovada:
Henrik Stenson, 5-1, SWE
Sergio Garcia, 7-1, ESP
Justin Rose, 10-1, GBR
Rickie Fowler, 14-1, USA
Patrick Reed, 14-1, USA
Bubba Watson, 14-1, USA
Martin Kaymer, 16-1, GER
Matt Kuchar, 16-1, USA
Daniel Willett, 22-1, GBR
Emiliano Grillo, 25-1, ARG
Some notable are obviously missing from that list however, since a number of top players opted to skip the games. The missing stars include the U.S.'s Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson; Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy; and Australia's Adam Scott and Jason Day. Fowler has been quite vocal in his enthusiasm for being at the Olympics and has even poked fun at the dropouts.
"As far as making guys jealous back home or wherever they might be, I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job of it, and there may be some personal messages that have been sent back and forth that I was definitely showing them that we’re having a good time down here," Fowler said, according to the New York Post.