2016 Rio Olympics: Golf teams set for sport's first appearance since 1904

We all know about the players who have pulled out of the Olympics in Rio. But what about who's playing? Contrary to what it seems like in the media, golf in the Olympics will go on. There will be stars in attendance, too. Not mega-stars like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, but stars nonetheless.

Rickie Fowler will be there. So will Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson. Bubba Watson and Danny Willett round out the four top 10 players in attendance. And it certainly sounds like the golf is going to be better and more fun than has been played up over the last month or two.

"I've just been excited," said one of Britain's contenders Justin Rose. "I can't really explain from my point of view. I'm excited about it, treating it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I understand that it's been tough scheduling, and I understand all of that side of things. But when it's once every four years, I think it's something you can certainly make an exception for. That's been my attitude towards it. Just being a part of Team GB, in a sense you feel like you're part of something bigger than just your individual sport as well."

Martin Kaymer is overwhelmed to represent Germany. Rickie Fowler is clearly enjoying himself. And even Arnold Palmer, who is not there, weighed in on who is.

I know that a few of the game's brightest young stars will not be participating in Rio, and that's too bad. However, now that the Olympic flame is lit, the focus of a massive global audience will be on the players that have chosen our sport to pursue their Olympic dream. Inevitably, there will be compelling performances from high-profile veterans as well as previously unheralded young players who have taken up the game in developing countries.

Studs from those developing countries could turn out to be the storyline this week in Rio. It's clear that names you've never heard of are very proud to represent countries you don't often think about being global golf superpowers. That will make the competition at the very least quite compelling.

Here's a look at all 60 players who will compete this week and what country they are all from. Each player's field ranking as of August 1 is in parentheses (i.e. Bubba Watson was the highest-ranked player on that date).

United States

  • Bubba Watson (1)
  • Rickie Fowler (3)
  • Patrick Reed (7)
  • Matt Kuchar (8)

Sweden

  • Henrik Stenson (2)
  • David Lingmerth (14)

Great Britain

  • Danny Willett (4)
  • Justin Rose (5)

Spain

  • Sergio Garcia (6)
  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello (9)

South Korea

  • Byeong Hun An (10)
  • Jeunghun Wang (25)

Thailand

  • Thongchai Jaidee (11)

New Zealand

  • Danny Lee (12)
  • Ryan Fox (43)

Argentina

  • Emiliano Grillo (13)
  • Fabian Gomez (24)

Denmark

  • Soren Kjeldsen (15)
  • Thorbjorn Olesen (20)

Austria

  • Bernd Wiesberger (16)

Germany

  • Martin Kaymer (17)
  • Alex Cejka (39)

Thailand

  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat (18)

India

  • Anirban Lahiri (19)
  • SSP Chawrasia (44)

Netherlands

  • Joost Luiten (21)

Belgium

  • Thomas Pieters (22)
  • Nicolas Colsaerts (33)

South Africa

  • Jaco Van Zyl (23)
  • Brandon Stone (28)

Australia

  • Scott Hend (26)
  • Marcus Fraser (27)

Japan

  • Yuta Ikeda (29)
  • Shingo Katayama (30)

France

  • Gregory Bourdy (31)
  • Julien Quesne (32)

Portugal

  • Ricardo Gouveia (34)

Canada

  • David Hearn (35)
  • Graham DeLaet (40)

China

  • Wu Ashun (36)
  • Hao Tong Li (38)

Philipines

  • Miguel Tabuena (37)

Paraguay

  • Fabrizio Zanotti (41)

Ireland

  • Padraig Harrington (42)
  • Seamus Power (51)

Malaysia

  • Danny Chia (45)

Finland

  • Mikko Ilonen (46)
  • Roope Kakko (53)

Venezuela

  • Jhonattan Vegas (47)

Chile

  • Felipe Aguilar (48)

Taiwan

  • Cheng Tsung Pan (49)
  • Wen-Tang Lin (56)

Brazil

  • Adilson da Silva (50)

Norway

  • Espen Kofstad (52)

Italy

  • Nino Bertasio (54)
  • Matteo Manassero (58)

Bangladesh

  • Siddikur Rahman (55)

Malaysia

  • Gavin Kyle Green (57)

Mexico

  • Rodolfo Cazaubon (59)

Portugal

  • Jose-Filipe Lima (60)
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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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