Thursday marked the first time golf has been played in the Olympics in 112 years and history was being made all over the grounds at the aptly named Olympic Golf Course. From a Brazilian Adilson da Silva hitting the opening tee shot in his home country to Great Britain’s Justin Rose recording the first ace in Olympic competition, it was a day for the ages.
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Rose’s ace catapulted him to a round of 4-under par 67, four shots back of first-round leader Marcus Fraser of Australia. The 38-year-old Aussie is perhaps most well-known for being a golfer from Australia not named Jason Day or Adam Scott. After the two top players from Down Under dropped out of Olympic consideration, Fraser jumped on the opportunity and capitalized on Day One.
Fraser holds a three-stroke lead over Open Champion and proud Swede Henrik Stenson as well as Canada’s Graham DeLaet. Rose, along with Germany’s Alex Cejka, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, France’s Gregory Bourdy and Spain’s Rafael Cabrara Bello, all sit at 4-under par.
Full highlights can be seen at golf’s homepage on the NBC Olympics site (click on the image to be redirected).