The Loop

The Loop

From flag bearers to celebrities to really long hole outs, Olympic golf by the numbers

August 12, 2016

Golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence has given us plenty to talk about through two days. Here are the numbers that have stuck out in Rio so far.

0: The number of countries that have two players in the top 10.

0: The number of Americans in the top 15. Matt Kuchar (T-17) leads the way for the U.S. through 36 holes. Rickie Fowler (+4, 50th place) is the farthest back.

1: The number of golfers who were their country's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies. That honor went to Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman.


1: The number of Oscar-winning actors in the gallery on Friday: Matthew McConaughey. He was following Fowler, so the American star has that going for him.


13: The number of countries represented on the top 10 (There's a four-way tie for 10th) of the leader board through 36 holes.

63: The score shot by Australian Marcus Fraser in the first round, the lowest in Olympic history.

108: The distance in feet of the par putt Henrik Stenson made on the third hole. Too bad TV cameras didn't catch it.

189: The distance in yards of Justin Rose's Thursday hole-in-one, the first in Olympic history. Fortunately, the cameras didn't miss that one.


0: The number of mosquitoes NBC/Golf Channel's Johnny Miller claims he's seen in Rio this week. "So thanks to the press all over the world for scaring a lot of the players away," he said. OK then.