LARAMIE — Wyoming alum David Hearn begins his quest toward the Olympic men’s golf podium Thursday, representing Canada in a sport that hasn’t seen Olympic action since 1904.
Hearn, who golfed for the Cowboys from 1997-2001, will compete alongside fellow countryman Graham DeLaet in a 60-member field that includes some of the world’s best in the sport.
The competition is very similar to most major tournaments. It will consist of a 72-hole stroke play format for the gold, silver and bronze medals. The event does not feature a cut like most major tournaments and will begin with the first of four rounds at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The golfers will compete in one 18-hole round each day from Thursday until Sunday.
“I think it’s tremendously exciting,” Hearn said of golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year hiatus. “As an interesting little piece of history, Canada won the last gold medal. We as Canadians are real proud of that, and we’re excited about our team going down there. Hopefully we can bring back a few medals.”
Although Hearn hasn’t played the Olympic Golf Course at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he is confident in the state of his game heading into Rio. The new course was built specifically for this year’s Olympics.
“This is a unique part of this competition,” Hearn said. “None of us have seen the golf course. We’re all kind of at a level playing field. That’ll make it a real fair competition.”
Each round will be broadcast live on NBC’s Golf Channel and can also be streamed online.
2016 Olympics: Men’s Golf Schedule
First round: Thursday, Aug. 11, 4:30 a.m.
Second round: Friday, Aug. 12, 4:30 a.m.
Third round: Saturday, Aug. 13, 4:30 a.m.
Fourth round (final): Sunday, Aug. 14, 4 a.m.
From University of Wyoming Athletics