Strong Asian challenge in Rio

Asian Tour members will form 25% of the field in the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition which starts today at the Reserve de Marapendi course in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva, who has been playing regularly on the Asian Tour since 2011, will strike the first tee shot at 7.30am local time (6.30pm Malaysian time) as golf makes a historic return to the Olympic fold after more than 110 years.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee - Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee – Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India will headline the Asian Tour cast alongside compatriot SSP Chawrasia, Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, as well as Australian duo Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser.

Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, Felipe Aguilar of Chile, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, Filipino Miguel Tabuena, Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and Malaysian duo Danny Chia and Gavin Green will also be chasing for Olympic glory.

Other Asians in the field include Korea’s Byeunghun An, who comes from a family of Olympians as his parents were former medallists in table tennis, as well as Taiwan’s Cheng Tsung Pan, Shingo Katayama of Japan, and China’s Li Haotong and Wu Ashun.

“Our players have come a long way to qualify for the Olympic Games. We are very delighted to see a strong presence of our members as well as a good number of Asian players in the elite field,” said Asian Tour commissioner Kyi Hla Han.

“We have always provide players with the best opportunities to hone and improve their games. They have also put up stellar performances in world golf in recent times so I am confident that they can relive all of these glorious moments in Rio this week,” he added.

The winner of the four-day strokeplay individual event will also receive a total of 46 Official World Golf Ranking points.

For Round 1 tee times, click here.

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