Peter Dawson hails new era as golf returns to the Olympics

Published: Thursday 11th August 2016 by The News Editor

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International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson hailed the dawn of a new era in golf after the sport returned to the Olympics following an absence of 112 years.

Brazil’s Adilson da Silva struck the first shot since 1904 in front of a sparse crowd at 0730 local time (1130BST) as golf’s troubled reintroduction to the Games officially began.

Concerns over the Zika virus, security and a packed schedule meant none of the world’s top four players were competing in Rio, with more than 20 male players opting out of the 72-hole strokeplay event.

An IOC review next September may mean golf’s return to the Olympics does not last beyond Tokyo in 2020, but former R&A chief executive Dawson hopes that will not be the case.

“It’s the end of a long journey, or the beginning of a new one,” Dawson said shortly after Da Silva had split the fairway with his opening drive.

“We’re off to a great start. I think Adilson said it all there – the relief on his face when he hit a good drive was a lot more than for a normal event. These guys are up for it, which is wonderful to see. I’m very excited.”

Published: Thursday 11th August 2016 by The News Editor

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