Olympics 2016: Golfers Take in Opening Ceremony at Maracana

August 6, 2016
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For the first time in 112 years, golf makes it return to the Olympics — and several golfers weren’t going to miss out on the opportunity to take in the opening ceremonies.

Team USA’s Rickie Fowler arrived in Rio de Janeiro earlier Friday and wasn’t shy, cozying up to Friday’s flag bearer, and most decorated Olympian in history, swimmer Michael Phelps.

Fowler spoke to NBC ahead of the ceremonies about what participating in the Games means to him.

“I grew up watching the Olympics every four years, and even the Winter Olympics,” Fowler said while decked out in Team USA gear. “But it was never a dream I was able to have. I always thought it was the pinnacle of everyone’s sport…it was kind of a dream come true that I wasn’t able to dream about before.”

Fowler was also asked why several of his fellow Tour pros skipped the Games, while he chose to attend.

“What [the Olympics] stands for and seeing how much it means to the other athletes here, it seems like a pretty amazing event and I didn’t want to miss out on it.”

England’s Justin Rose also attended, and he snapped a few photos of the team room…including a familiar face.

Golf is back in the Olympics, and just like these players, we’re looking forward to seeing what it has it store.