Tokyo Olympics 2021: Four Players Representing USA in the Men’s Golf Competition

Published 06/21/2021, 12:11 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 Justin Thomas of the U.S. acknowledges the crowd after holing his birdie putt on the 3rd green during the third round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


The Tokyo Olympics 2021 is fast approaching. Every country has started its preparation for this mega-event. The summer Olympic games begin July 23 and excitement levels can barely be contained. Golf is added to the schedule this time as well as it reappeared on the schedule in 2016 for the first time since 1904.  The United States has almost finalized its men’s golf team for the Tokyo Olympics.

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The names were announced, but the team isn’t locked in yet, as they are still waiting for confirmation from the players. The Golf tournament at the Olympics will begin on July 28 and some of the top players will fight it out against each other representing their country.

As of now, the United States, men’s golf team looks like this; Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Bryson DeChambeau. Furthermore, everyone is waiting for the official confirmation. This is most likely to be the official men’s golf team that will represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Even though Dustin Johnson is 2nd according to OWGR, he is not part of the team since he had refused to travel to Tokyo the previous year.

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Where will they play the men’s golf at Tokyo Olympics 2021?

The Kasumigaseki Country Club will host the men’s golf at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. There are a total of 60 competitors fighting to win a medal for their country. Top golfers, according to their OWGR qualify for the competition. This competition comprises 72 holes of individual stroke play for four rounds over four consecutive days. Meanwhile, the player with the lowest aggregate score wins.

Schauffele’s thoughts about the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 Xander Schauffele of the U.S. acknowledges the crowd after holing his eagle putt on the 15th green during the third round REUTERS/Mike Segar

Xander Schauffele has been qualified for the Olympics. And is tentatively one of the team members of the United States men’s golf team. But it looks like he hasn’t decided about the participation yet.

Because in the post-round press conference at Torrey Pines, a journalist questioned him on what has he thought about the Olympics. And this is what he answered.

“That is a decision — my goal was to try to win this. I haven’t really reached. I knew I had to try and qualify for the team. It was getting really bunched up with everyone behind me. I haven’t really made a decision yet. It’s something I was going to decide tonight or tomorrow morning.”   

The major problem which he sights is the logistics and bubble which the players have to maintain throughout the tournament.

“Logistics are tricky. There’s no opening ceremony, no experience of Japan. You’re kind of locked down in your hotel. You can’t go and see other venues or events. In terms of an actual Olympics, obviously, you’re playing for some hardware, some gold medals and whatnot, but the overall experience, which I hear is really cool, isn’t going to be there in Japan this year. That would be a reason not to go, I’d say.”

So the decision from Schauffele is not final as of now whether or not to join the team. But everything said representing your nation in a global event like the Olympics is always an honour and he will surely think about it before taking a final decision.

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