The International Federation has published the definitive list of the 120 names of players who will participate in the Olympic Games this summer. Unlike Rio in 2016, the set will bring together the best.
This time the lists are final. The International Golf Federation has confirmed the names that will compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games (July 18-August 8) this summer. The one hundred and twenty selected names have been officially ratified and reported to the International Olympic Committee, following a lengthy selection process completed at the recent men’s US Open and women’s KPMG PGA Championship. National Olympic Committees were asked to confirm which athlete slots they would use, as each NOC has its own criteria for the final.
«Avec 36 pays inclus dans la competition féminine et 35 dans la competition masculine, la composition des terrains olympiques met in évidence le large intérêt mondial pour le golf et la possibilité d’atteindre de nouveaux publics sur tous les continents grace à la couverture étendue des Olympic Games”said Annika Sorenstam, president of the International Golf Federation, which oversees Olympic golf competition.
Among the gentlemen the Spanish Jon Rahm, number 1 in the world, who had expressed some reluctance linked to the sanitary conditions of the competition, it will be present in Japan. Yes Dustin Johnson, his American dolphin, had declined the invitation Starting in March, the n°3 Justin Thomas and the phenomenon Bryson DeChambeau, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (absent in Rio in 2016) or the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the last Augusta Masters, will also be in the race. While Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith they are also among the participants in the Olympic event taking place from July 29 to August 1 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama.
On the European side, England will be represented by the duo made up of Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey, while the Norwegian Viktor Hovland and the Italian Francesco Molinari will also be present. After the withdrawal of Víctor Pérez, France will have Antoine Rozner and Romain Langasque to win gold.
South Korean Navy
Among the women, the best will also be present since The American Nelly Korda, leader of the world ranking, will be joined by her compatriot Lexi Thompson and her sister Jessica Korda against the South Korean army made up of Jin-young Ko, Inbee Park, Sei-young Kim and Hyo-Joo Kim. New Zealander Lydia Ko, Filipina Yuka Saso and Canadian Brooke Henderson will also be in the race.
For the Europeans, the Swedish Anna Nordqvist, the Spanish Azahara Muñoz and the English Melissa Reid will chase the medals, as well as the Irish Leona Maguirre and the German Sophia Popov. Céline Boutier and Perrine Delacour will wear the French colors during this competition that will take place at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo, from August 4 to 7.
Of the two Olympic events, Europe has 53 qualified players, Asia 30, America 26, Oceania 6 and Africa 5. Golf is looking to capitalize on the success of its return as an Olympic sport at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, after an absence of more than 100 years, when it reached significant numbers internationally and was watched by younger, more neutral audiences than professional golf events typically reach. In Rio, golf had been the seventh most popular sport in terms of fan participation worldwide.