Rio Olympics: Where Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will go for gold

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:20 AM

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth'south quest for gold will start in Aug after the pristine links in the Barra di Tijuca area of the Brazilian city were played on for the first time.

Rio Olympics: Where Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will go for gold

The scene is set for an epic battle between two of the world'south best golfers after Rio'south controversial Olympic golf course was opened for business.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth'south quest for gold will start in Aug after the pristine links in the Barra di Tijuca area of the Brazilian city were played on for the first time.

Nine Brazilian players road certified the course and gave it a resounding thumbs up, paving the way for golf'south return to the Games after a 112-year absence.

"The course conditions are very good, the greens are perfect," Miriam Nagl, who secured Brazil'south final qualifying slot, told the Rio two thousand sixteen official site.

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"To be able to tell my daughter that I played in the Olympic Games is an additional motivation," Nagi added.

"Besides the flora, which increased extensively, we can observe the different species of animals that have returned to the area. The report presently provides a scientific stamp to what we'd already observed."

Hanse said the environment was "sensitive" and emphasized how concerned he was to limit the impact.

Four-time major winner McIlroy and Spieth, who's two to his name, are split on the importance of an Olympics gold medal in a active year of golf, with the Ryder Cup scheduled for September.

"I'd definitely wait four years for another chance at the Olympics if I could win the Masters this year," the 26-year-old McIlroy told CNN in February, referring to the Augusta event, which will be played between April seven and 10.

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Spieth says it'd be "incredible" to compete in Rio.

"It'south the most watched sporting event in the world, and to be able to be one of those athletes would be something I'd never forget," he told Rio two thousand sixteen. "That ceremony, walking with the American flag there."

Alexandre Rocha, a former PGA Tour player, was the man to officially open the course and strike the first ball in anger.

"I never had the chance before to inaugurate a course before and it'south something that number one can get far from me, a really chilly thing that'll always be with me," said Rocha.

"Before we only had elderly courses in Brazil. This is a modern golf course."

The contest will be a strokeplay event over seventy-two holes for men and women. The world'south top fifteen players will quality automatically for the two thousand sixteen Games, but each country has a maximum of four entrants.

"Some things will be worked on to ensure we've a great Games in August, but the level that we hoped to attain today was reached," said International Golf Federation executive director Antony Scanlon of the test event.

"We just necessity to attend to the details that'll create the disagreement between a excellent tournament and a great tournament."

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