If the Olympic Golf Competition Had Been a Team Event, Here's Who Would Have Won

Sunday August 14th, 2016
Sweden's David Lingmerth and Henrik Stenson pose with their bags before the Olympic competition begins.
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Justin Rose won the gold medal for Great Britain in a thrilling head-to-head matchup against Sweden's Henrik Stenson at the men's Olympic golf competition, but if it had been a team event -- as many observers had called for -- the podium would have looked a bit different. It's not a perfect comparison, but we took each country that had at least two players represented and combined the best two 72-hole scores from each squad to come up with one team score. 

In a mythical team event, Sweden and the U.S. would have shared gold. Stenson (14 under) and his countryman David Lingmerth (six under) finished at a cumulative 20 under, tying the total score of Matt Kuchar (13 under) and Bubba Watson (seven under). Great Britain -- with Justin Rose (16 under) and Danny Willett (even par) -- would have grabbed silver. And congrats to Sergio! He may not believe he has the game to win a major championship, but paired with Rafa Cabrera Bello, the Spaniards would have taken the bronze.  

Check out the full hypothetical standings below:

GOLD -- Sweden and the United States: 20 under

Sweden: Henrik Stenson: 270, 14 under; David Lingmerth: 278, 6 under
United States: Matt Kuchar: 271, 13 under; Bubba Watson: 277, 7 under

SILVER -- Great Britain: 16 under

Justin Rose: 268, 16 under; Danny Willett: 284, even

BRONZE -- Spain: 15 under

Rafa Cabrera Bello: 276, 8 under; Sergio Garcia: 277, 7 under

4. Thailand: 13 under

Kiradech Aphibarnrat: 276, 8 under; Thongchai Jaidee: 279, 5 under

5. Argentina: 12 under

Emiliano Grillo: 277, 7 under; Fabian Gomez: 279, 5 under

6. Belgium: 10 under

Thomas Pieters: 275, 9 under; Nicolas Colsaerts: 283, 1 under

T7. Germany: 8 under

Martin Kaymer: 279, 5 under; Alex Cejka: 281, 3 under

T7: Ireland: 8 under

Padraig Harrington: 281, 3 under; Seamus Power: 279, 5 under

9. Australia: 7 under

Scott Hend: 285, 1 over; Marcus Fraser: 276, 8 under

10. United States: 6 under

Patrick Reed: 278, 6 under; Rickie Fowler: 284, even par

11. Canada: 5 under

David Hearn: 281, 1 under; Graham DeLaet: 280, 4 under

T12. Denmark, 4 under

Soren Kjeldsen: 281, 3 under; Thorbjorn Olesen: 283, 1 under

T12. South Korea: 4 under

Byeong Hun An: 278, 6 under; Jeunghun Wang: 286, 2 over

14. Italy: 3 under

Nino Bertasio: 281, 1 under; Matteo Manassero: 282, 2 under

T15. Finland: 1 under

Mikko Ilonen: 281, 3 under; Roope Kakko: 286, 2 over

T15. New Zealand: 1 under

Danny Lee: 281, 2 under; Ryan Fox: 285, 1 over

17. China: 4 over

Wu Ashun: 283, 1 under; Hao Tong Li: 289, 5 over

18. Japan: 5 over

Yuta Ikeda: 281, 3 under; Shingo Katayama: 291, 8 over

19. France: 6 over

Gregory Bourdy: 281, 3 under; Julien Quesne: 293, 9 over

20. Malaysia: 7 over

Danny Chia: 288, 4 over; Gavin Green: 287, 3 over

21. South Africa: 11 over

Jaco Van Zyl: 286, 2 over; Bradon Stone: 293, 9 over

22. India: 15 over

Anirban Lahiri: 294, 10 over; SSP Chawrasia: 289, 5 over

23. Portugal: 17 over

Ricardo Gouveia: 297, 13 over; Jose-Filipe Lima: 288, 4 over

 

Players without partners:

Austria: Bernd Wiesberger, 278, 6 under 

Bangladesh: Siddikur Rahman, 295, 11 over 

Brazil: Adilson da Silva, 285, 1 over 

Chile: Felipe Aguilar, 285, 1 over

Chinese Taipei: Cheng Tsung Pan, 283, 1 under

Mexico: Rodolfo Cazaubon, 283, 1 under

Netherlands: Joost Luiten. 281, 2 under

Norway: Espen Kofstad. 286, 2 over

Paraguay: Fabrizio Zanotti. 279, 5 under

Philippines: Miguel Tabuena. 291, 7 over

Venezuela: Jhonattan Vegas, 289, 5 over

 

Ed. note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly listed Sweden as the outright winners. We apologize for the error.

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