RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s Adilson da Silva officially launched golf’s return to the Games last Thursday, hitting the first tee shot of the men’s competition to end the sport’s 112-year hiatus from the Olympics.
But on Wednesday at the Olympic Golf Course that didn’t keep Miriam Nagl from stressing about opening the women’s competition with the first tee shot.
“Nerve wracking,” the Brazilian said after her opening round. “But what an honor to be hitting the first shot.”
Nagl, who was born in Brazil but moved to Germany with her family when she was 8 years old, said she played well on the front nine, going out in a 2-over 37 that included a double bogey-6 on No. 3, but struggled on her closing loop for a first-round 79 that left her three strokes ahead of last place in the 60-player field.
Still, the 35-year-old said it was a special day for her and for golf in Brazil. She also conceded that she was nervous prior to teeing off for Wednesday’s first round.
“It was very similar to a playoff situation,” she said, “where you just want to not hit an awful shot.”