RIO DE JANEIRO – Adilson da Silva shot 1-over 72 Thursday at the Olympics, but the score never was going to matter.
A Brazilian hit the first golf shot in Brazil. And after a 112-year hiatus for the sport, that’s a huge accomplishment.
“Before I tee off, my head was everywhere,” the 44-year-old said. “Just don’t goof this.”
He did nothing to “goof this.” In fact, he played well, collecting four bogeys and three birdies while playing along with Graham DeLaet and Ben An.
Da Silva arrived on the first tee prior to his 7:30 a.m. tee time to sincere applause from his compatriots. Minutes later he opened with a silky 250-yard drive down the middle of the fairway on the par-5 first hole that resulted in par. Four hours later he closed with birdie on the last hole.
“I enjoyed every moment of this one,” da Silva said. “It was so special. Really, very special.”