Lahiri, Chawrasia among world-class golf field at Rio Olympics
A field rich with talent will take to the golf course at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, with four of the 50 players part of the top 10 on the PGA tour.olympics 2016 Updated: Aug 11, 2016 17:21 IST
Although some of the big names are missing, a field rich with talent will take to the golf course at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, with four of the 50 players part of the top 10 on the PGA tour.
Here’s a look at some of the players, including those from India.
Willett currently leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, thanks, at least in part, to his win at the Masters. The win was his second on the European Tour in 2015 and the fifth of his career. He is the first Englishman to win the Masters in 20 years.
Rose, who won the 2013 U.S. Open, has been competing full-time on the PGA TOUR since 2004. He is looking to extend his seasons with at least one win to seven and will have five tournaments left after the Olympics. He’s an eight-time winner on the European Tour.
Watson, whose father was a Green Beret, is a nine-time winner on the PGA TOUR who has represented the United States on two Presidents Cup and three Ryder Cup teams. He is a two-time Masters champion who also has a World Golf Championships title to his credit, the 2015 HSBC Champions.
The 2014-15 season was a career landmark for Fowler, who won THE PLAYERS Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship. He nearly picked up his fourth TOUR win earlier this year when he lost in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of seven top-10s in 2016. Fowler also has two European Tour victories, including this year’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Stenson picked up his first Major at The Open Championship this summer, closing with a 63 to win a sensational final-round duel with Phil Mickelson. He also won the 2009 PLAYERS Championship and 2013 TOUR Championship, which capped a season that saw Stenson capture the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus. Stenson, who also won the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2013, has 12 international wins and has played in three Ryder Cups.
He earned his first two European Tour titles in 2015, including the Hero Indian Open in a playoff. Lahiri tied for fifth at the PGA Championship later that year, earning a spot on the International Team for the Presidents Cup. He then gained his 2015-16 PGA TOUR card at the Web.com Tour finals.
He has four wins on the Asian Tour, three of which were co-sanctioned by the European Tour. Chawrasia also has won 10 times on the Professional Golf Tour of India.