Horror Round 1 for star USA golf quartet

Rickie Fowler (Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler (Getty Images)

Cape Town - They promised big things, but failed spectacularly to deliver in Round 1 of the men's golf at the Rio Olympics.

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In Bubba Watson (world No 6), Rickie Fowler (No 8), Patrick Reed (No 14) and Matt Kuchar (No 20), the USA are the only country that boasts four golfers in the 60-man field at the Olympic Golf Course.

However, after Round 1, three of those stars were left happy there's no cut!

Kuchar flew the Stars and Stripes highest, posting a round of 2-under par, 69 and lies T11 with 54 holes remaining.

Reed was next best at 1-over par in a tie for 34th, followed by Watson on 2-over (T42).

Fowler had a day to forget, signing for a 4-over par 75 and lies T56.

Australia's Marcus Fraser leads the way by three shots after a superb 8-under, 63.

Scores after Thursday's first round of the Rio Olympic men's golf tournament (par-71):

63 - Marcus Fraser (AUS)

66 - Graham DeLaet (CAN), Henrik Stenson (SWE)

67 - Thomas Pieters (BEL), Gregory Bourdy (FRA), Alex Cejka (GER), Justin Rose (GBR), Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP)

68 - An Byeong-Hun (KOR), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL)

69 - Matteo Manassero (ITA), David Lingmerth (SWE), Matt Kuchar (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Pan C.T. (TPE), Sergio Garcia (ESP)

70 - Padraig Harrington (IRL), Wang Jeung-Hun (KOR), Fabian Gomez (ARG), Jose-Filipe Lima (POR), Li Haotong (CHN), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Ryan Fox (NZL), Thongchai Jaidee (THA)

71 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Julien Quesne (FRA), Felipe Aguilar (CHI), Danny Willett (GBR), Jaco van Zyl (RSA), S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND), Seamus Power (IRL)

72 - Adilson da Silva (BRA), Danny Lee (NZL), Espen Kofstad (NOR), Roope Kakko (FIN), Nino Bertasio (ITA), Joost Luiten (NED), Patrick Reed (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

73 - Gavin Green (MAS), Danny Chia (MAS), Soren Kjeldsen (DEN), Bubba Watson (USA), Mikko Ilonen (FIN), David Hearn (CAN), Miguel Tabuena (PHI), Ricardo Gouveia (POR)

74 - Shingo Katayama (JPN), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Wu Ashun (CHN), Scott Hend (AUS)

75 - Brandon Stone (RSA), Siddikur Rahman (BAN), Rickie Fowler (USA)

76 - Rodolfo Cazaubon (MEX)

77 - Lin Wen-Tang (TPE)

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