Of the 60 players who will compete in the men’s individual stroke play, six have won at least one of golf’s four major championships. The first round tees off on Thursday 11 August at the Olympic Golf Course.
- Bubba WATSON (USA), Henrik STENSON (SWE), Danny WILLETT (GBR), Justin ROSE (GBR), Martin KAYMER (GER) and Padraig HARRINGTON (IRL) are the six players to have won at least one of golf’s major championships.
- Two male golfers from a South American NOC have won at least one of golf’s major championships, Roberto DE VICENZO (ARG, 1967 Open Championship) and Angel CABRERA (ARG, 2007 US Open, 2009 Masters Tournament).
- Men’s individual stroke play returns to the Olympic programme for the first time since the St Louis 1904 Olympic Games, when the gold medal was won by George LYON (CAN), one of only three non-US golfers in the field.
- Canada, France, Great Britain, Greece and USA are the only five NOCs to have competed in men’s individual stroke play at the Olympic Games. There will be 34 different NOCs represented in the field for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Bangladesh is the only NOC in the men’s individual stroke play field that has never claimed a medal in any Olympic sport prior to Rio 2016.
- The 2000 World Cup was held in South America. It was won by David DUVAL (USA) and Tiger WOODS (USA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) is the only Brazilian in the field. He finished joint-eighth in the men’s individual stroke play at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, an event in which Felipe AGUILAR (CHI) claimed the bronze medal.
- At the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the medals in men’s individual stroke play were claimed by Italy, Sweden and Thailand.