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Local caddie returns to Sacramento with Olympic medal

Matt Kuchar (right) poses with his bronze medal alongside his caddie John Wood (left) posing with his Order of Ikkos medal following the final round of the Summer Olympics tournament. Photo courtesy of John Wood.

Matt Kuchar (right) poses with his bronze medal alongside his caddie John Wood (left) posing with his Order of Ikkos medal following the final round of the Summer Olympics tournament. Photo courtesy of John Wood. less

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento native John Wood never imagined he'd get a chance to participate in the Olympics, especially in the sport of golf.

Wood got that opportunity over the last two week by carrying the bag of professional golfer Matt Kuchar, who would compete for the United States at Rio de Janeiro.

"I started caddying twenty years ago and who thought that golf would ever be in the Olympics again," Wood told ABC10 last Saturday at Hagan Oaks Golf Course.
 
Golf made a return to the Olympics in Rio for the first time since the 1904 Summer Games.
 
Serving as Kuchar's caddie, the pair entered the final round of the men's Olympic tournament. Kuchar was seven strokes off the lead but just four shots from the final podium, which would earn them a bronze medal.
 

Matt Kuchar of the United States walks on the tenth hole during the final round of men's golf on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Matt Kuchar of the United States walks on the tenth hole during the final round of men's golf on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images) less

 
"I don't think we really thought about the actual result much," Wood said of their leaderboard position during the tournament. "I think we kept focus really well on just playing golf."
 
On the back nine of the final round, Kuchar and Wood made their charge up the leaderboard. They finished the day with the lowest score of round - shooting a 63 - to finish three shots behind gold medal winner Justin Rose of Great Britain and just one shot back of silver medal winner Henrik Stenson of Sweden. 
 
"When he eagles ten, he had a gorgeous drive and a great three wood to about fifteen feet (of the hole), made the eagle, that was when we both realized hey this is something special."
 
After the final round, Kuchar presented Wood with his own medal - the Order of Ikkos Medal. That award was established to recognize the coaches whose athletes medal during the Olympic Games
 
"The experience was the thing for me," Wood said. "But to be presented with something like that, honoring what my contribution was to Matt's medal just blew me away."
 
Follow Pierre Noujaim on Twitter: @TheNouj
 
 
 

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