Friday 30 September 2016

Masters hero Danny Willett and Justin Rose to represent Team GB at Rio Olympics

Carl Markham

Published 13/07/2016 | 11:24

England's Danny Willett is one high profile golfer who is going to the Olympics next month
England's Danny Willett is one high profile golfer who is going to the Olympics next month

Masters champion Danny Willett and Justin Rose have been confirmed as Team GB's representatives for this summer's Olympics.

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Scotland's Solheim Cup stalwart Catriona Matthew and Kettering's Charley Hull will contest the women's competition.

"It's brilliant to be able to bring new faces into Team GB in a sport that has not appeared at the Games for over a century," said Team GB's chef de mission Mark England.

"Britain has a fantastic tradition in the sport and I know the team are excited to be part of a new experience for this generation of golfers.

"In Justin, Danny, Catriona and Charley we also have a team capable of doing great things in Rio next month."

Willett, who won his first major at Augusta in April, is relishing the prospect of becoming an Olympian.

"It will be a huge honour to represent Team GB at the Olympics," he said.

"It comes at a busy point in our year so I'm hoping to be playing well going into it. I'm really looking forward to it."

For Matthew selection fulfils a long-time ambition.

"Ever since golf made it into the Olympics it's been an aim of mine to make the team and I'm both happy and relieved that I've been included," said the 46-year-old.

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