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Sergio Garcia wore the colors of Spain and he spent Tuesday morning playing the Olympic Golf Course with his countryman Rafa Cabrera Bello looking every bit the team, but don't confuse the men's competition for a team event.

Instead, so much of the conversation has been the top players sitting out golf's return to the Olympics.

A corujas, a burrowing owl looks out from it burrow in a bunker on the ninth hole as practice continues for the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.

Golf is finally coming back to the Summer Olympics after 112 years.

Brazil's national security force officers aim their weapons during a police operation in search for criminals in Vila do Joao, part of the Mare complex of slums during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday.

"No matter what happens this week, it's the greatest week of my life", two-time major champion Martin Kaymer said.

It is hard to see him, but that is Bubba sitting behind the U.S men's basketball team watching Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky win medals.

Just the score is not what I wanted.

The biggest thrill for so many has been hanging around so many Olympians.




In more than two decades as a pro, Adilson da Silva never felt nerves like this on the first tee. You'd think that, since Zika is potentially more of a concern for women, the numbers would be reversed.

Notable for their absence: Jason Day (Australia), Jordan Spieth (United States), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Branden Grace (South Africa), Dustin Johnson (United States) and Adam Scott (Australia).

And NBC/Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo takes a long view about Rio's potential impact on the sport: "Seven years ago, I was one of the naysayers for golf in the Olympics". "The sad thing is, I shouldn't say this, but golf gets in the way".

The course designer, Gil Hanse, has said the lack of trees promote wind movement and if Rio has its typical windy August conditions the course will provide a really tough challenge. It also offers a three-hole finish that could leave the outcome in doubt until the last hole. A surprise victor from a developing golf nation like Li Haotong of China or Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand?

Rose begins his Olympic experience on Thursday, teeing off alongside Rickie Fowler and Jhonattan Vegas in the first round. A dominant performance like Stenson at Royal Troon?

One unknown remains the size of the gallery. The IGF said about 58 percent of the tickets have been sold, with Sunday a sellout of 12,000. And he had more than just the best players in mind when he created it. "I think the event is going to go off great - I think certainly there will be guys writing about it and thanks a lot to Rickie's help", he joked about his younger teammate Fowler, who has been the most patriotic US golfer and one of the most fervent supporters of the game at the Games.

He added that while he's excited to build relationships with other athletes, he's going to Rio for a win. Getting golf clubs required a little imagination. She was a 20-year-old newlywed who headed off to Prairie Dunes in Kansas in 1980 and won the first of three straight U.S. Women's Amateur titles.

On Wednesday night, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura won the men's individual all around gold medal, adding to an unbelievable record that includes three world championship titles and gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

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