Two American and two Canadian entries for Men Golf at Rio
There is no doubt that the men’s golf competition in Rio de Janeiro will be one of the most compelling of our generation. All the golfers will be making their debut in the Olympics because it is the first time that golfer is included in the Olympic since 1904. Among the competitors are:
Bubba Watson is an American golfer who turned professional in 2002. He then played at the Web.com Tour until 2005. He has won nine US PGA Tours including the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. He calls his style of play the “Bubba golf.” In 2006 while still a rookie, he led the PGA Tour in driving distance at 292.2 m/319.6 yards and earned $1,019,264. At the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, he achieved his longest drive in professional competitions at 404 m/442 yards.
Rickie Fowler, an American turned professional in 2009. In 2007 and 2008, was the leading world amateur and later won the best US collegiate golfer award known as the Ben Hogan Award. He won The Players Championship during the PGA Tour in 2015 and also won at the Scottish Open during the European Tour.
Canadian David Hearn, was the Rookie of the Year in his country in 2002 after turning professional in 2001. In 2005, he tied for second at The Greenbrier Classic after a four-hole playoff loss. At the RBC Canadian Open in 2015, he finished third. The Golf Journalists Association of Canada awarded him with the Canadian Male Professional of the Year in 2015.
Canadian Graham DeLaet turned professional in 2007 and was named the Rookie of the year soon after. In 2009, he won the BMG Classic and has won the Canadian Tour three times. He played in the President Cup in 2013 and has played twice for Canada in the world cup.