Golfin the olympic tournament kicks off in tokyo at the men’s games in tokyo.
There are 60 players playing all four rounds. Normally, on the European Main Tour (ET) and the US Professional Tour (PGA), about half of the players will drop out after the first two rounds.
Due to land quotas, two players from the same country are eligible. Finnish male players are Kalle Samooja and Sami Välimäki.
The top fifteen players on the world list will have direct access to the Olympics, which is why the Kasumigaseki Golf Club course is toured by four Americans: Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.
Reed got a spot at the last minute as a power player Bryson DeChambeau became ill with a corona. The same happened to the Spanish number one on the world list To Jon Rahm, which many have already bet on Tokyo as number one.
In early June, Rahm had to leave the field due to a positive corona test Jack Nicklaus After the third round of The Memorial.
A little later, Rahm won the coveted US Open and was also at the top of The Open Championship in England two weeks ago. Rahm became a substitute Adrian Arnaus (163rd on the world list).
They were left out of the American tops of the world list Dustin Johnson (2.), Brooks Koepka (7.), Patrick Cantley (9.) and Harris English (10.). Reed is in the rankings below them (12th)
All summer well played by the South African Louis Oosthizen preferred to drive his farm on a tractor rather than travel to Tokyo.
There are no spectators on the golf course, so the Japanese can’t follow their own favorite Hideki Matsuyamaa.
Accurately playing Matsuyama won the Masters Tournament of the first major race of the season in the spring and became the national hero of Japan. Another Japanese golfer is Rikuya Hoshino.
The Japanese have no home field advantage. The Kasumigasek court, founded in 1929, has not been played since April. Surfaces and greens are flawless.
A new field was built for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which fell badly after the Games.
Of the other individual players, the eyes are on the Irish tough duo Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. Norwegian Viktor Havland may surprise.
Rion 2016 top name Justin Rose does not defend his gold in Tokyo. He didn’t fit on the British team where they play Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood.
Rose could very well have played in Tokyo if a Finnish golf influencer Antti Peltoniemi would have been on the move in time.
Peltoniemi sent a proposal to the IGF (International Golf Federation) that the Olympic winner defending his title would always be able to compete outside the quotas.
“The presentation should reportedly have been delivered earlier. We hope to get the winner of Tokyo to Paris in 2024, ”Peltoniemi reported from Finland.
Peltomäki will sit on the IGF’s management committee until at least the end of this year.
Finland ranked number one on the world list Kalle Samooja (130.) and Sami Välimäki (133.) got to tour the field on Monday.
Samoa toured the fairways with a few rackets after his own game equipment had been left on the road. In the case of Samoa, this happened for the second time in a row.
“You can’t do anything for these yourself, but you can’t blame the conditions. The field is excellent. Raffit [ pitkäheinäisempi alue, karheikko] are long. The greens are big, shapely and really good, ”Samooja said.
Välimäki’s rackets were also missing, but the racket manufacturer replaced him with new play equipment in a truck next to the field, with which the Nokian circled nine holes.
“You have to hit the fairways to be able to control the ball in the approaches,” Välimäki said.
Both got their own rackets on Tuesday, so there’s no need to play on loan in the race.
Rain is expected in Tokyo for the rest of the week, and the field may be wet. European players are more familiar with humid weather than Americans accustomed to dry fields.
Instead, the long-awaited typhoon in the Tokyo region went at its expense, at least for now.
In addition to the players, the Välimäki caddy belongs to the Finnish Olympic team Väinö Viitaharju, Samoan caddiensa Daniel Mulvey, coach Timo Karvinen as well as physio Pierre Johanssoof.
The women’s golf tournament will be played from 4 to 7 p.m. August. Representing Finland Sanna Nuutinen and Matilda Castren.
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