Quotes of the day:
Marcus Fraser 63 (-8): “I think this is probably one of the best rounds of golf I’ve ever played, given the circumstances, I was quite edgy and a bit jumpy on the first tee, because it’s such a big occasion to be here at the Olympics. To manage that and go on to play the way I did is really pleasing and a big confidence boost.
“Tapping in on the 18th, when the three-footer went in, I looked down there, and grabbed my ball out of the hole. It’s something I’ll never forget, because it’s pretty special to be able to shoot that score in the first round that golf is back in the Olympics.”
Graham DeLaet 66 (-5): “I was a little bit nervous actually. You know, we do this for a living week‑in, week‑out, but there was something different about that first tee shot today. It was a different announcement for us, and it was just a really cool feeling.
“I was playing with a Brazilian (Adilson da Silva) and that was neat. We had a lot of people out there, especially for 7.30 in the morning – more than I anticipated. It was a lot of fun. We said as we were walking off the first tee; ‘this is pretty cool, first time in over a hundred years, and we’re kind of the lead group’. It was nice.
Gregory Bourdy 67 (-4): “It’s an amazing experience to be here, playing an Olympic Games, It was really one of my biggest goals for the last few years to be here and to perform, to play well. I’m very happy to start my Olympics with a score of four under. I think it’s already a special atmosphere, because usually, as I said, we play individually and we are not listening too much to French cheering ‘Allez les Bleus’!”
Nicolas Colsaerts 68 (-3): It would mean a lot on a personal point of view and also a national point of view. It would be a dream come true. It’s not the first time golf is here, but it will pretty much feel like it, in the modern era, anyway. I feel honored to be here. I really feel proud to be on that list of players that have supported the event.”
Matt Kuchar 69 (-2): “The nerves don’t get me in very many places. Here it was a little different. Teeing off in particular. I think I was the first American to tee off today and to hear my name announced as an Olympian (meant) there were a few more butterflies than I anticipated on the first tee.”
Matteo Manassero 69 (-2): “When I hit the first tee shot, I thought: ‘okay, I’m officially an Olympic athlete’ and that was a good feeling. We (have been) trying our best to get golf to look as great as it is in the biggest sports stage there is. It’s a good responsibility, and also we’re having a lot of fun and it’s great to be here.”
Padraig Harrington 70 (-1): “I would say I was more nervous on the first tee ‑ as much as I would have been when I played my first major. It was very exciting. I said it to the guys walking off, now we are Olympians and nobody can take that away from us. When you think about it, most weeks, you have 156 guys playing, 155 losers. This week, you have 60 guys playing, and we are all winners.”
Adilson da Silva 72 (+1): “Before I teed off, my head was everywhere….just don’t goof this! But just towards the end, I managed to calm myself down and focus to what I wanted to do. And I have been hitting my driver well, so I think I committed to the shot and I hit a nice one there.”