Da Silva soaks in #OlympicGolf magic

Fri 12 Aug 2016

Da Silva soaks in #OlympicGolf magic

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August 12: Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva broke into a big smile after striping his drive straight down the middle of the fairway on Thursday.
It didn’t matter if it wasn’t 300-plus yards which is quite the norm these days and it didn’t quite matter that he ended the day with a one-over-par 72.
From now onwards, da Silva, a 44-year-old regular on the Asian Tour, would be remembered as the man who struck the opening tee shot which marked golf’s return into the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a 112-year hiatus.
And he will also be able to add onto his CV the title: Olympic athlete.
Adilson Da Silva. Adilson Da Silva.
The home golfer conceded he was nervous preparing for his 7.30am start with playing partners Graham Delaet and Byeonghun An.
“I couldn't say I wasn't nervous because I was nervous, but at the same time, I still needed to hit a good shot. Before I teed off, my head was everywhere, just don't goof this. But towards the end, I managed to calm myself down and focused to do what I wanted to do. And I have been hitting my drive well, so I think in the end, I committed to the
shot and hit a nice shot there,” said Da Silva.
After the International Golf Federation announced the round one draw, Da Silva was inundated with well wishes from friends and family members about the honour given to him.
“It's in your mind, everybody is talking about it, your friends, saying, ‘wow, it's such a nice thing to do, well done.’ But the end, I still need to hit that shot, so it was tough. It was really tough,” he said.
He put together three birdies against four bogeys to end the day in the middle of the pack, some nine shots behind leader Marcus Fraser of Australia, who is the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader.
Like any competitor in Rio this week, Da Silva is not just there to make up the numbers and hopes to move up the leaderboard in the next three days.
“It was very enjoyable. (But? I was a bit not completely happy. I just felt like I didn't really get into the game, but I was happy in the end. I finished with a birdie so it didn't felt all bad,” he said.