A guide for Olympic golf fans
By looking at the final men’s major, one can have a window into the Olympic games. British Open is the last important game which is held before the Olympics.
In this article, we want to have a glimpse at the British Open through an Olympic prism.
Jon Rahm: the world’s best player
This result is not based on official ranking because we can also name Dustin Johnson who is an American player. But the truth is that everyone is aware of the true number one player. Johnson couldn’t gain more than eight in each tournament this year.
Earlier Johnson informed everyone about his decision on withdrawing from the games to open a spot for another player. So we can consider Jon Rahm as the highest-ranked player in Tokyo. Countries can have four entries only if all the players are ranked in the top 15. The U.S is one of these countries that can take advantage of this rule.
We can mention Colin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau as players who are going to represent the U.S in the Olympics which is held in Tokyo.
Fans will cheer Rory McIlroy this week and they will be against him in Tokyo
Based on the rankings, McIlroy is in the 11th place. He also has gained the 2014 British Open title which was held at Royal Liverpool. This can be considered as one of his major titles. His rank in the betting markets is even higher than his current rank in the world.
When it comes to Olympics, he can choose either to play for either Great Britain or Ireland. Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey will present Great Britain in Tokyo. These two are ranked 35th and 21st in the world.
Also, Englishmen Matthew Fitzpatrick who is ranked number 20, and Tyrrell Hatton who is ranked number 10 have refused to compete in the Olympics. And Lee Westwood, the number 9 player did the same. All of these mentioned players will play this week.
Dropped out heroes
By gaining a victory in April, at the Masters, he became the first Japanese player who had won a men’s major. As a result, he became one of the big stars of the Tokyo Games, he also might have been flag-bearer for Japan in the opening ceremony, but in the end, Yui Susaki who is a women’s wrestler, and Rui Hachimura, who is men’s basketball player were chosen to do this.
Matsuyama who was tested positive for COVID-19 said although he was symptom-free, his tests continued to become positive. So he had no choice except withdrawing from the Olympic games.
Si Woo Kima and Sungjae, who are from South Korea, skipped the British to be able to become prepared for the Olympic Games.
Canada’s Olympic men’s players
Corey Conners with the ranking of 38, had the greatest performance in the Masters (8th) and PGA Championship (17th), but unfortunately, he hasn’t been performing well recently.
Mackenzie Hughes who is the 64th player in the rankings doesn’t match Corey Conners in skills so he may need a hot putter to be in the mix.
Olympic athletes are required to put on their medals. IOC president Thomas Bach said that due to the pandemics, they would present the medals on a tray, and athletes were required to take the medal him or herself. Also, masks are required to be worn by medalists and officials. Moreover, there would be no fans at any Olympic venues. So this Olympic will be a lot more different than the other ones and also the ceremonies will be held differently.