Partnering Pettersen is Olympic dream for Martens

Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:16am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - It may be a fanciful notion but Norwegian professional Caroline Martens is being driven this year by a powerful desire to play at the Olympics alongside her compatriot and close friend Suzann Pettersen.

With two women golfers per team going to Rio de Janeiro in August, the Scandinavians are likely to be represented by world number 13 Pettersen and the 119th-ranked Marianne Skarpnord as the sport returns to the Games for the first time in 112 years.

Tonje Daffinrud is the next highest-placed Norwegian in 379th spot followed by Martens at number 436.

"Suzann and Marianne are both really talented golfers but I'm going to try and get those ranking points I need to play at the Olympics," Martens told Reuters in a telephone interview from Abu Dhabi.

"I love sport and I love what the Olympics stand for...there is such a uniqueness to it.

"To be part of something as great as the Olympics would be absolutely amazing, the pinnacle of any athlete's career.

"I would do almost anything to get there," said Martens who went to the Middle East for the Ladies European Tour's announcement of the new Fatima Bint Mubarak Open to be held in Abu Dhabi from Nov. 2-5.

The 29-year-old has had to overcome her fair share of adversity in the last three years.   Continued...