Tommy Fleetwood (25/1 – Outright Winner) says he is itching to get going at the Tokyo Olympics as he aims to match Justin Rose’s gold medal from the 2016 Games in Rio.
Englishman Rose became the first golfer to win Olympic gold in 112 years when landing top honours five years ago in Brazil, holding off Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and American Matt Kuchar.
The 40-year-old also became the first ever player to make a hole-in-one in Olympic play after recording it on the 189-yard par-3 fourth hole of Gil Hanse’s new Olympic Course in Barra da Tijuca – that feat coming on the opening round.
GB hopes rest upon the shoulders of Paul Casey (14/1) and Fleetwood this year, while Mel Reid, who missed last week’s major, the Evian Championship, to be able to compete in Tokyo, and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff fly the flag in the women’s event which starts on 4th August.
Many of the world’s best golfers will be competing in Japan but, unfortunately, Spaniard Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau have both been forced to withdraw following positive coronavirus tests.
It promises to be an exciting event, in both the men’s and women’s tournament, and Fleetwood says he can’t wait to get started in his quest for gold.
“I’m excited, just bubbling to get going with the Olympic experience,” he said, as quoted by BBC Sport. “There’s tonnes of different sports and a bunch of different athletes. Even though we all do something different, I’m guessing we all have a lot of things in common.
“There’s no trepidation at all. I’m just really, really excited to get going and experience it and compete.”