Seven of the main 10 parts in the Official World Golf Ranking may not be contending in the men’s competition at the Tokyo Olympics this week, yet that doesn’t mean England’s Tommy Fleetwood and others aren’t having a great time.
Australia’s Cameron Smith is showing his public pride in a strange manner. Obviously, nobody in the 60-man field has more in question than South Korea’s Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim.
None of the three medalists from the Rio Games five years prior are playing, so three distinct players will be remaining on the award platform on Sunday.
Here’s a glance at who’s contending, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East Course.
They incorporate PGA Tour stars and significant title victors. They’re probably the best parts on the planet and will battle for a gold award.
Collin Morikawa (U.S.)
The 25-year-old has effectively won two majors on his first attempt – the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park and The Open at Royal St. George’s last month. Strikingly, he was a beginner only two years prior. His dad, Blaine, is of Japanese plunge.
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Matsuyama, 29, turned into a public legend in April, when he turned into the principal Japanese man to win a significant when he won the Masters. Presently, he’ll attempt to win a gold decoration on his local soil. He actually has a lasting home in Sendai, which is around 230 miles upper east of Tokyo.
Justin Thomas (U.S.)
The previous Alabama star loves playing in Asia. His initial two PGA Tour triumphs were at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridge in South Korea in 2017 and 2019.
Xander Schauffele (U.S.)
It’s most likely a decent wagered that Schauffele will end up on the award platform. In 18 vocation begins in majors, he completed in the best 10 of every nine of them, including two seconds and 66%. Simply no successes.
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Patrick Reed (U.S.)
The one who is classified “Commander America” during the Ryder Cup was an extremely late expansion to the Olympic field after DeChambeau pulled out. Reed tied for eleventh at the 2016 Olympic competition in Brazil. He’s booked to leave for Japan on Tuesday and will play a course he’s rarely seen.
Rory McIlroy (Ireland)
McIlroy conceded he isn’t a very remarkable “devoted person” when gotten some information about the Olympics at The Open. He said he was going to Tokyo to address the sport of golf more than whatever else. McIlroy pulled out of the 2016 Olympics due to worries about the Zika infection.
Viktor Hovland (Norway)
While Norwegians have done undeniably more harm at the Winter Olympics, they have won 56 gold decorations at the Summer Games, with shooting and cruising joining for the greater part with 30. Hovland, from Oslo, is endeavoring to turn into the principal golf player from his local land to win an award.
Paul Casey (England)
Casey will endeavor to turn into the second consecutive Englishman to win the Olympics competition. Justin Rose won gold in Rio in 2016, beating Henrik Stenson by two shots.
Abraham Ancer (Mexico)
Ancer was brought into the world in McAllen, Texas and brought up in Mexico, so he has double citizenship in the U.S. furthermore, Mexico. The previous Oklahoma star said he considered the Olympics the “fifth major” when it’s played like clockwork.
Sungjae Im (South Korea)
Talk about inspiration. In the event that Im, 23, wins an award in Tokyo, the South Korean government will forgo his obligatory military commitment. Else, he’ll need to serve two years in the military before he turns 28 very much like each and every man in his country.
Cameron Smith (Australia)
The Australian has effectively made a noteworthy cut. He commended his Olympics debut by shaving “AUS” into the side of his well known mullet.