An battles nerves to lead Asian charge #OlympicGolf

Fri 12 Aug 2016

An battles nerves to lead Asian charge #OlympicGolf

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August 12: Korea's Byeonghun An emerged as the leading player from Asia after he opened his campaign at the Olympic Games with a three-under-par 68 to take a share of ninth place on Thursday.
The EurAsia Cup star was however a bundle of nerves on the opening tee as the reality of being among the 60 players to feature at a golf tournament which is making its return to the Olympics program after a 112-year absence finally sunk in.
"Yes, I was very nervous.  I smashed that one (tee shot) 310 into the wind. There was a little adrenaline and I made a three-putt.  That was not the best start that I imagined.  It was definitely nerves that got me a bogey," said An.
An steadied himself after that opening bogey by firing five birdies on holes two, three, five, eight and nine to reach the turn in 31. He then mixed his card with another three bogeys and two birdies in his inward-nine for a 68.
"I got back a couple shots.  I did pretty well coming back. This event feels a little bit more special, especially the first hole. I realise I finally got to play in the Olympics and it definitely felt a bit different than other sports," said An.
An is hoping to improve on his run in Rio as he knows a good showing from him and his other Asian counterparts will further raise the profile of golf in Asia.
"I know it's getting popular in Asia, and I see there's a lot of Asian golfers coming out and playing the big tours.
"I'm one of those trying to play on the big stage and I think I've done pretty well so far. Hopefully I can get a medal as that would be special for other people too," said the Korean.
Other selected scores
63- Marcus Fraser (Aus)
69- C.T.Pan (Tpe)
70- Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Li Hao-tong (Chn), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
71- Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
72- Adilson Da Silva (Bra)
73- Gavin Green (Mal), Danny Chia (Mal), Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
74- Shingo Katayama (Jpn), Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Wu Ashun (Chn), Scott Hend (Aus)
75-  Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
77- Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
Ends.