Fraser maintains one-shot lead through 2 rounds of Olympic golf tourney

Fraser said he was

Henrik Stenson reflected on an entertaining first few holes of his second round at the Olympic Games as Justin Rose described him as "the man to beat" in Rio.

DeLaet, trying to match countryman George Lyon's 1904 victory in the most recent prior Olympic golf event, felt the tension.

It just required a long and wild route to get into contention Friday.

Despite pressure from in-form Stenson, who shot a 68 to stand 11 under par, Rose held his nerve with further birdies on the 12th and 16th to card a six-under 65 and go into today's deciding round with a one-shot lead over the Swede, with Fraser two shots back.

Right now, at this moment, it's hard to argue that there's anyone in the game playing better golf than Stenson.

But this was hardly a masterpiece. Stenson grabbed the crowd's attention early by draining a 90-foot putt after hitting a hazard on the third hole and going on to take risks which often left him in wild areas of the course.

But while the Spaniard ran up a triple-bogey seven, Stenson saved par in spectacular style when he laced a four-wood to the front edge of the green and drained an incredible putt from 108 feet. Fighting his putter all day, Fowler otherwise made two bogeys and birdie on each nine to shoot 4-over 75. Before I know it, it found the bottom of the cup.

"There's a lot of golf still to play", explained Stenson. The ball bounced three times on the green, then backspun into the flagstick and dropped into the cup.

Patrick Reed made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch after making the turn and shot 72. "All in all, happy with that". Obviously gold would be incredible, but I think bringing home anything would be really, really special.

Adilson da Silva, the only Brazilian in the field, was given the honour of striking the opening tee shot. At No. 5 in the world he's the highest-ranked player in the field of 60 and he's the reigning British Open champion.

Fraser surveys the course
Fraser surveys the course

"Like other sports, once you are in the final all the heats mean nothing".

"It would mean an terrible lot", Rose said. "Ours is a bit more down to the form for the week and on any given day". Padraig Harrington was surprised to see more than 6,000 spread out across Olympic Golf Course, holding flags along the fairway ropes and sending cheers from all corners.

Quote of the day: "It's the Olympics".

Get Breaking News alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post delivered to your email. The Australian caught only a little of the nasty weather, and it didn't last long before the sun came out.

Hend needed 10 shots to complete the par-five hole and finished with a three-over 74.

Britain's Justin Rose, who made the first ace in Olympic history on Thursday, and France's Gregory Bourdy each fired 69 to share fourth on 136.

The Americans, the only country with four players, were still lingering.

The field of 60 is absent the world's top four golfers but remains stout with the likes of Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and the USA foursome of Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar.

Biggest disappointment: The United States' Rickie Fowler had been enjoying himself in Rio, right up until the first hole Thursday.

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