RIO 2016: Australia leading golf in the first round

MELBOURNE'S Marcus Fraser grabbed a piece of Olympic history after shooting a record low eight under (63) to lead after first round of Olympic competition in Rio.

With Australia's big guns of world golf, Jason Day and Adam Scott opting out of Rio, Fraser flew the flag brilliantly as he scored the day's lowest round at the purpose-built Olympic course at Reserva de Marapendi with nine birdies.

Fraser got on an early hot streak with four birdies between the third and sixth holes and finished the job off strongly with two more in his last three holes.
 

He held a three-stroke lead over Open champion Henrik Stenson and Canadian Graham DeLaet.

It is the first time golf has been played at the Olympics in 112 years.

The 38-year-old Fraser clearly enjoyed the course, designed by Gil Hanse which has a sandbelt feel about it.

"I've got the Olympic record. That's pretty cool, and hopefully that lasts all week," he said.

Brazilian, Adilson da Silva was given the honour of hitting the first Olympic golf shot in the modern era

England's Justin Rose grabbed his own special moment recording the first hole-in-one of the new Olympic era, as his seven iron from 189 yards disappeared into the hole at the fourth.


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