Swede Stenson wants to embrace Olympic experience

Fri May 15, 2015 12:38pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - While Adam Scott considers Olympic golf to be an "exhibition" sport, Swede Henrik Stenson by contrast wants to embrace the entire experience at the Rio Games next year, on and off the course.

World number three Stenson plans to immerse himself by marching in the opening ceremony, staying in the athletes' village and trying to win a medal for his country as golf returns to the Olympic schedule for the first time since 1904.

He even has envisaged the pride that would come from having an Olympic medal on his mantelpiece to gaze at as he relaxes in his rocking chair as a senior citizen.

Above all, Stenson believes it will be important for most of the top players who are exempt to show up in Brazil to increase the chances of golf retaining its Olympic status.

"I see it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Olympics," the 39-year-old told Reuters at the Wells Fargo Championship.

"It's a cool event and, given my age, it could be the only chance I have. I think I'd stay in the village, to get the feel of it. That would elevate the experience.

"I know some of the athletes who will be there and I'm sure I will make some new friends. That's part of the (experience), being able to have dinners and some chats."


Henrik Stenson hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports