Tuesday 23 January 2018

Matt Kuchar's confusion makes a mockery of golf's presence at the Olympics

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

American Matt Kuchar will represent Team USA at the Rio Olympics next week but hadn't a clue about the format of the competition.

Kuchar is one of four golfers represent the red, white and blue and is joined be compatriots Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed.

The 38-year-old was asked if he would be rooting for his fellow Americans in the event at TPC River Highlands and it was clear that the world number 20 was a little confused.

"Now, I may be miss-informed or just don't know. You may have to help me. Is there no team format at all?" Kuchar asked the media. "When they first talked about it, if there were four Americans it was the two highest ranked and they were going to combine the scores for a team event.

"There is no combined? No team event whatsoever?" Kuchar continued.

"Just an individual. We did the same thing at World Cup: 72 hole stroke play. I played with Kevin Streelman. We never played together but we did represent the United States in a team format.

"That was my initial impression of what was happening with the Olympics, but I'm incorrect on that."

Kuchar was told that if either Watson, Fowler or Reed won the even, he wouldn't be getting a medal.

"No, I knew -- from my understanding it was supposed the to be Bubba and Rickie. They were the two highest seeded Americans. Their combined score I thought was going to be the team part. There is no combination, no team at all? Okay."

Golf is returning to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years but many of its top stars, including the Irish trio of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry, have opted to avoid the event over the Zika Virus threat.

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