It’s hard to be cynical about Olympics golf after watching the men’s final round Sunday. These guys were having fun, on a beautiful new golf course, and the only guy possibly happier than gold medalist Justin Rose was bronze medalist Matt Kuchar. As for silver medalist Henrik Stenson, the big stoic Swede out of Sweden, it was hard to tell. He almost smiled once, I swear to god he did.
Word has it no mosquitoes were seen.
It’s easy to be cynical about the Grey Goatee Golf Association event Saturday after Tim Wiebe, the grizzled campaigner out of Lazy B Golf Ranch in Renton, Wash., took home top money. He played pretty OK, but the best thing he did was play bad enough on the right holes to score in the byzantine 3GA scoring system. You would be right to assume pure blind dumb freaking luck played a part.
The women Olympians take their turn beginning Wednesday on designer Gil Hanse’s Olympic Golf Course. Unlike the men’s tournament, which went on without Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, et al, no one in the women’s world top 15 chose to skip the Olympics. World No. 1 Lydia Ko represents New Zealand; No. 2 Ariya Jutanagarn will play for Thailand.
The only players in the top 15 not in Rio are the three South Koreans left off the four-player Korean Olympic team.
Did I mention mosquitoes? They are not expected to be a problem.