AFTER the withdrawal of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson from the upcoming Rio Olympics, the likeable Matt Kuchar got the call up as one of the United States' four golfers to compete for a medal in the men's competition.
Golf is making its return to the world's biggest sporting event for the first time in 112 years but it seems as though tournament organisers have failed to bring those competing fully up to speed with the ins and outs of next week's event.
Speaking ahead of this week's Travelers Championship, Kuchar's last hit out on the PGA Tour prior to next Friday's first round in Rio de Janeiro, the American was embarassingly caught out when he revealed how little he knew about the format of the golf competition.
Both the men's and women's events are individual strokeplay events, each player posting an individual 72-hole score to decide the distribution of medals.
A journalist asked the World Number 20 whether he'd be supporting his countrymen Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler next week in Brazil, despite their results having no impact on his own chances of taking home a medal.
"Even though it is an individual stroke-play event, do you feel like you're sort of all on the same team? Are you rooting for those guys as well as yourself during Olympics week?" asked the reporter.
Kuchar's response was hilarious, the seven-time PGA Tour winner genuinely unaware that he and his fellow Americans weren't competing as a team.
"Now, I may be misinformed or just don't know. You may have to help me. Is there no team format at all?" said Kuchar.
"I remember we did World Cup a couple years ago and the idea was it was an individual - this is down in Australia - it was individual, yet the two scores would be combined.
"When they first talked about [golf in the Olympics], if there were four Americans it was the two highest-ranked and they were going to combine the scores for a team event.
"There is no combined? No team event whatsoever? Just an individual," continued Kuchar.
"That was my initial impression of what was happening with the Olympics, but I'm incorrect on that."
But it is clear that Kuchar is a true Olympics fanatic at heart, starting a personal Instagram account just hours later to show off his wares as a javelin thrower.
The 38-year-old posted a video of his Javelin-throwing tehnique with an accompanying caption that proves he's ready for anything next week in Rio.
"Just in case the playoff for golf is a javelin throw at the Olympics," wrote Kuchar on Instagram.
Either the American is genuinely getting into the spirit of the Games, or he really, really doesn't understand the process for deciding the medals in the golf competition.
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