Olympic Men’s Golf Competition R1

Sepp Straka takes opening lead in Japan

2020 Olympics – Men’s R1
July 29 – August 01
Kasumigaseki CC, Saitama, Japan
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Austrian Sepp Straka fired a bogey-free 63 to take a slim opening lead in Japan at Kasumigaseki Country Club.


2020 Olympics – Men’s R1

“When they had them (Rio 2016) in Brazil I was watching, I wasn’t close to qualifying back then but I was watching and it seemed like a cool event,” said Straka.

“Everybody that I knew that went over there and played just raved about it. So, I knew at that point that that this was going to be on my radar and definitely wanted to play well so I could play my way in.”


2020 Olympics – Men’s R1

He leads Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who also remained bogey-free, by one shot.

Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters are tied in third place at 6-under. Ortiz’ round was marred by a single bogey at the par-4 9th while Pieters made no bogeys but eagled the par-4 11th.


2020 Olympics – Men’s R1

“This morning, when you get to the course and you realise this is like once every four years, it hits you. So yeah, I was really looking forward to teeing off,” said Pieters.

“Being from a small country – we have got two medals up to now – you just want to get one more for your country. I mean (winning a medal) is like legendary status back home. I just want to get a medal, it would be lovely, but there is a long way to go.”


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2020 Olympics – Men’s R1

Paul Casey is the highest ranked British player having produced four birdies to close with a 67.

“Not an ounce of nerves (teeing off), a hundred percent excitement. Just really proud, to be honest. I think that’s he coolest thing because I thought about it for so long, to me you can’t class yourself an Olympian until you’ve actually started your competition,” said Casey.

“You feel being around the Team GB building everybody watches and is aware of what is going on in every single sport. You walk into it and there are multiple TVs on and I can’t keep track of it. Gold medal here and we got a bronze there, I mean, it’s amazing. I feel that there’s an immense sense of responsibility so I’ve got to try and deliver as much as I can. Team GB don’t put pressure on you, but you feel that with the other athletes because everybody else is performing so brilliantly, I want to perform and live up to their expectations as well.”

2020 Olympics – Men’s R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sepp Straka
-8
63
2
Jazz Janewattananond
-7
64
T3
Carlos Ortiz
-6
65
T3
Thomas Pieters
-6
65
T5
Joachim B. Hansen
-5
66
T5
Juvic Pagunsan
-5
66
T5
Jhonattan Vegas
-5
66
T8
Paul Casey
-4
67
T8
Anirban Lahiri
-4
67
T8
Sebastián Muñoz
-4
67
T8
Alex Noren
-4
67
T12
Adri Arnaus
-3
68
T12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-3
68
T12
Viktor Hovland
-3
68
T12
Si Woo Kim
-3
68
T12
Henrik Norlander
-3
68
T12
Patrick Reed
-3
68
T12
Antoine Rozner
-3
68
T12
Xander Schauffele
-3
68
T20
Abraham Ancer
-2
69
T20
Corey Conners
-2
69
T20
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
69
T20
Romain Langasque
-2
69
T20
Hideki Matsuyama
-2
69
T20
Rory McIlroy
-2
69
T20
Collin Morikawa
-2
69
T20
Mito Pereira
-2
69
T20
Rory Sabbatini
-2
69
T20
Matthias Schwab
-2
69
T20
Yechun Yuan
-2
69
T31
Jorge Campillo
-1
70
T31
Thomas Detry
-1
70
T31
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
70
T31
Ryan Fox
-1
70
T31
Sungjae Im
-1
70
T31
Marc Leishman
-1
70
T31
Hurly Long
-1
70
T31
Shane Lowry
-1
70
T31
Joaquin Niemann
-1
70
T31
Sami Valimaki
-1
70
T41
Gunn Charoenkul
E
71
T41
Garrick Higgo
E
71
T41
Rikuya Hoshino
E
71
T41
Guido Migliozzi
E
71
T41
Renato Paratore
E
71
T41
Cameron Smith
E
71
T41
Justin Thomas
E
71
T48
Kristian K. Johannessen
+1
72
T48
Ondrej Lieser
+1
72
T48
Adrian Meronk
+1
72
T48
Ashun Wu
+1
72
T52
Rafael Campos
+2
73
T52
Rasmus Højgaard
+2
73
T52
Maximilian Kieffer
+2
73
T52
Scott Vincent
+2
73
T52
Fabrizio Zanotti
+2
73
T57
Gavin Kyle Green
+3
74
T57
C.T. Pan
+3
74
59
Kalle Samooja
+4
75
60
Udayan Mane
+5
76
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