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OLYMPIC UPDATE

“A very select group of people can say they’ve been Olympians throughout their life.” — Jon Rahm

These Games will be restrictive out of necessity, and that includes athletes not being able to attend events outside their own. Admittedly, it puts a damper on the Olympic experience. But the opportunity to represent one’s country and medal is enough motivation in itself. “It’s just going to be one of those things 10, 15 years from now you’re going to look back at the Olympics in 2021 and it’s going to be a weird year,” Justin Thomas said. “I know I’d kick myself forever if I didn’t do this, and especially with this being kind of in the twoyear trial run for golf. Who knows what could happen in the future?” “It’s not ideal,” said Rory McIlroy, who will play for Ireland, “but it’s still a good opportunity to do something that I’ve never done before … I’ve been around now for a long time, so it’s sort of rare to be able to do something for the first time again. I’m sort of looking forward to that.” 64  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE  June – December 2021

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Jon Rahm added, “I’ve had the pleasure of being able to win gold medals in European Championships and championships for Spain as an amateur, and I would love nothing more than to be able to do it as a professional, as well. Especially because up until four years ago that wasn’t an option, so to be called an Olympian, it’s a very unique feeling. A very select group of people can say they’ve been Olympians throughout their life, and if you can get a medal, that would be amazing.” So, for many of the world’s best, it remains a meaningful objective to compete as an Olympian, even in a year of unprecedented restrictions. “Despite these exceptional circumstances,” Sorenstam concluded, “we are confident that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will provide all our athletes with a unique, memorable and rewarding experience in front of some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable golf fans in the world, and will serve as an inspiration to young golfers around the world.” 

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