Fowler and Stenson reiterate backing for Olympic golf

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Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson are eager for golf to remain in the Olympics after the sport made its return to the Games in Rio this year.

Although the top four in the world rankings - Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth - were among those to skip the event, as a host of players cited concerns over the Zika virus, Fowler and Stenson were two of several high-profile participants in Brazil.

Stenson claimed the silver medal behind Great Britain's Justin Rose, while Fowler insists he thoroughly enjoyed the experience despite finishing down the field.

Speaking ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, where he and Stenson were among five players to feature in an animated film hailing golfing 'superheroes', Fowler said: "The Olympics was amazing - an experience I'll never forget.

"It would be awesome to get another opportunity to do it. It was special, to be a part of something that's so big. Your sport feels like it's so small because of how big the event is.

"With it going to Japan [for Tokyo 2020] and being in Asia I think it's going to have an huge impact and hopefully golf is something that's going to stick around for a while."

Stenson added: "It was fun to see the Olympic Games from the inside and to bring some good game and to challenge for the gold all the way to the end. I think my main goal was to go and bring home a medal. Of course everyone hopes for the gold but if you can't have the gold, silver is not too bad either.

"It was a really good week and I'm really happy that I went and played - I think it's good for our sport. It showcased golf to a new audience and a much broader public and fan base than normally."

On being cast as 'the machine' in the superhero video, Open champion Stenson added with a smile: "At times, I guess I played machine-like [in 2016] and if that can help attract some new fans to the sport, that's great."

 

To view HSBC's 'Return of the Superheroes' video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rwVEPVoaPI&feature=youtu.be