Golf: Stenson pumping iron in readiness for Olympic debut

Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:44pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Golfers and gymnasiums do not always mix, but British Open champion Henrik Stenson has been pumping iron in the Olympic village in preparation for his opening round on Thursday.

Swede Stenson will be one of the favorites for gold on golf's return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence and while other top names have shunned the event, he is taking it seriously, regarding it as just below a major in importance.

"I was in the gym on Sunday evening and if you want to get motivated that is definitely the place to be," Stenson said after his practice on a rain-hit Wednesday.

"I didn't try and go for some dead lifts on 80 or 90kg when there is some guy holding 180kg straight up on both arms.

"I was sticking to my routines and exercises that I know I can do and looks good!"

Apart from the bi-annual Ryder Cup between Europe and the U.S., golfers play for themselves.

This week's action on the newly-built course on the Marapendi Nature Reserve will see them playing for their country, with no prize money at stake, just medals.

"It has a slightly different feel and it should have, it is the Olympics," Stenson told reporters.   Continued...

Henrik Stenson (SWE) of Sweden hits a wedge from the fairway during practice session.   REUTERS/Andrew Boyers