Olympic Movers and Shakers – March 20
- Australian Jason Day delivered the outstanding performance of the week by claiming the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill from one of the best fields assembled in 2016. Day closed with a 70 to edge out Kevin Chappell by one shot.
- The US PGA Champion consolidated his position at No.2 in the Olympic Ranking, tucked in just behind Jordan Spieth of the US. Australia currently have two places locked up for the Rio de Janeiro competition, with Adam Scott currently lying sixth.
- Henrik Stenson of Sweden finished third to cement his position of leading European in the Olympic Ranking in seventh spot.
Heroes of the Week:
- India may not have produced a major champion – not yet, anyway – but there was considerable rejoicing in Delhi when the country produced the champion in SSP Chawrasia and the joint runner-up in Anirban Lahiri.
- Both Indian players feature in the top 50 in the Olympic Ranking, with the winner of the Hero Indian Open in 41st position and Lahiri occupying 26th
- The Host nation, Brazil, also had reason to celebrate as Adilson da Silva closed with a pair of 69s to seal fourth place in Delhi. The big ‘home hope’ lies 57th on the Olympic Ranking.
- “The thought of playing in the Olympics is very exciting indeed. Other Indian sportspersons have been to the Olympics. When I used to see them there, I always got a great amount of joy because I used to think that since I play golf I would never get the chance to go the Olympics. But finally, it seems that my Olympics might just come true” ….SSP Chawrasia
The Phoenix Rises:
- Sei Young Kim of Korea was unstoppable in winning the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona. A final round of 62 secured a five shot victory over Kydia Ko with a 27 under par total of 261.
- Kim, in fifth, remains the second highest ranked Korean player behind Inbee Park, the current No.2.
- Korea occupies four of the top ten spots with Ha-Na Jang and Amy Yang in sixth and seventh respectively.
- A tied fourth finish helped to keep Canada’s Brooke Henderson in eighth place in the Ranking.
- “I feel so exciting right now, and yeah, I've been waiting a long time. I had a couple of tournaments where I struggled with myself. Then after last putt I think about a lot of people: my family supporting me, so I feel like almost crying”…Sei Young Kim