When golf marks its return to the Olympics after a 112-year long wait, the United States will send an impressive foursome of men’s talent onto the course at the Reserva de Marapendi in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca zone. All four are among the top eight in the Olympic golf rankings, putting Team USA in contention for multiple medals in Rio.
Bubba Watson (No. 6 in the world, No. 1 in Olympic rankings), Rickie Fowler (No. 7 – world, No. 3 – Olympic), Patrick Reed (No. 14 – world, No. 7 – Olympic) and Matt Kuchar (No. 17 – world, No. 8 – Olympic) will comprise the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Golf Team.
Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson, Jr, a left-handed golfer is a multiple major champion, having won the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. In February 2015, Watson reached a career-high 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking. His presence at the Olympics can break the ‘Olympic medal’ dream of many.
Rick Yutaka Fowler was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 37 weeks in 2007 and 2008. On January 24, 2016, he reached a career-high fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking. Fowler too will represent America at this year Olympics.
Patrick Nathaniel Reed is most notable for his victory in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Patrick is the 3rd member of the American crew.
Matthew Gregory Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur championship, then received the Haskins Award in 1998, recognising him as the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Kuchar concludes the American team.
Team USA will be the only country with four men’s golfers in Rio.