Brazilian professional scores for seventh time and consolidates his position to play in Tokyo
Adílson da Silva celebrating victory at the Taiwan Masters. Photo: Asian Tour
By Ricardo Fonseca
The only Brazilian golfer to be at the Tokyo Games if the competition were today, the professional Adílson da Silva from Rio de Janeiro took another important step on his way to attend his second consecutive Olympiad by finishing eighth at the Sunshine Tour's RAM Cape Town Open, the professional circuit of South Africa, closed on Sunday, February 10 at the Royal Cape Golf Club in Cape Town. Despite a stumbling on the third day, which took him away from the title race, Adílson added 280 (71-63-75-71) strokes, eight under par, enough to earn an additional 1.82 points in the world golf ranking ( OWGR).
This was the seventh time Adílson da Silva scored for the Olympic race, which for men started on July 1, 2018 and continues until June 22, 2020, a month before men's golf begins to be played in the Games of Tokyo, For women competing the following week, the Olympic race runs from July 8 to July 29. With this, Adilson is already the 57th place in the list of 60 players entitled to compete in Tokyo. To be in it, one must be among the 328 best in the world, among men, or among 495, among women.
Olympic race - Adílson is expected to win six places in the world ranking when the standings are updated on Monday, as soon as the PGA Tour finishes at Pebble Beach, which was interrupted at dusk with Phil Mickelson winning for three strokes, with two holes to play. Adílson should move to 263th place, averaging 0.66 points, taken against the tournaments of the previous 24 months. The best, however, is that these points continue to be valid until the end of the Olympic race, as results before July 1, 2018 are being discarded weekly.
When the race began Adilson was the number 446 of the world; has already won 183 positions thanks to a win in the Taiwan Masters of the Asian Tour, a runner-up in the Sunshine Coast Sun Challenge Tour of the Sunshine Tour, and three more Top 10s in this tournament (8th) in the Sibaya Challenge (8th) also the Sunshine Tour, and the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf (9th) Asian Tour and Japanese Tour.
Results - Adilson started the tournament with a 71-round turn, one below par, dangerously close to the court, but jumped to third place after playing 63, nine below and second best round of the week, on the second day, when he made ten birdies and only one bogey. On Saturday, however, a series of bogeys led him to play three up, losing the chance to fight for the title. He returned to playing 71 on Sunday to finish five-times champion Benjamin Follett-Smith of Zimbabwe and only three behind the vices, Zander Lombard of South Africa and Jean-Paul Strydom of Greece.