Bright sunshine greeted golf’s return to the Olympics after 112 years. So did an accurate tee shot. - From USA TODAY
Log Out An overall view of the first tee as Adilson Da Silva of Brazil hits his tee shot hits his tee shot during the first round of men's golf in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course.(Photo: Jason Getz, USA TODAY Sports) Brazilian Adilson da Silva, who knew since Monday he had the honor of hitting the first tee shot of the men’s golf tournament at the Olympic Golf Course, found the right side of the fairway Thursday to give the event a proper start.
The field of 60 is absent the world’s top four golfers but remains stout with the likes of Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and the U.S.
foursome of Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar.
Top players pulled out ahead of the game, citing concerns from travel, security, crime, the format and the Zika virus.
None of the mattered when da Silva, the lone Brazilian in the field, sent his drive soaring as a couple hundred patrons and media looked on.