Matt Kuchar is one of four American men taking part in golf’s return to the Olympics next week in Rio de Janeiro. He’s representing the U.S.A. along with Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler.
However, until today, Kuchar didn’t know he was playing as an individual in the 60-player, 72-hole tournament. That became apparent when Kuchar was asked about playing for country in Brazil.
“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 assembled 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 said. “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.”
That’s not good, that a guy in the Olympic tournament wasn’t clear on the format until eight days before the tournament starts.
To make everything crystal clear, the Olympic golf format — 60-player, 72-hole, no-cut events for men and women, separately — means the tournaments are not team affairs. The medals are awarded to individuals who represent their countries.