Between golf and the Olympics, the spark does not seem to strike at first sight. And perhaps not even at second glance: after the multiple defections of Rio 2016 (due to Zyka virus) Tokyo 2020 is losing more and more pieces and not for Covid19.
To date, the no thanks of a certain level are four: the certain rejections are those of Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Bernd Wiesberger and Lee Westwood. Masters Champion Matsuyama seems to have more than one doubt. Rahm will be there even if he includes colleagues who will desert the appointment.
Bernd Wiesberger communicated the step backwards to his federation in March. “Personally, I am very sorry to have to officially retire from Tokyo 2020 – said the number 52 in the world – because it is a great stage for our sport.
The Rio Olympics were a great experience ”. Wiesberger closed in 11th place five years ago. The Austrian professional did not provide an official reason for the turnaround. The speech is the same: the Olympic tournament is scheduled from 29 July to 1 August, that is, close to the final sprint on the PGA Tour in view of the FedEx Cup.
Not only that: it is played a few days after the Open Championship in England and therefore the time is short to fly to Asia, comply with Covid protocols, “drive” and leave for the United States. Finally, we remind you that the Games do not bring points in the Ryder Cup 2021 key.
Jon Rahm, statements
Rahm, Basque from Barrixia but raised in golf and living in the United States, will not miss the appointment with the Olympic Games. That of the number three in the world seems to be a very specific choice because “winning the Olympics is one of my big dreams.
The IOC is not making things easy for us players. Families are not allowed, they are not allowed to participate in other events. Until the Wednesday before the competition, golfers cannot sleep in the hotel but must remain inside the Olympic village which, from what I have been told, is at least an hour’s drive from the course. This is not easy ”.