Four Irish players set to tee-off in Tokyo
We’ve had to wait five years rather than the traditional four, but the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are finally upon us. It’s the fourth time in Olympic history and the second consecutive games to feature golf. Joint 15th place for Seamus Power was the best performance by an Irish player five years ago in Rio. The Irish contingent heading to Japan will be hoping to go at least a few places better and that’s the task that lies ahead for Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow.
For the men it all starts on Thursday 29th July and will conclude on the following Sunday. The ladies will commence play on Wednesday 4th August and finish on the following Saturday. The venue for golf at the games is the East Course of the Kasumigaseki Country Club, located about 31 miles northwest of Tokyo.
Rory McIlroy is the most well-known of the Irish team representing us in Japan, however the four time major winner will be hoping he’ll turn up with a better game than he’s experienced recently. There’s no doubting Rory’s talent, if it comes together for him at the games then he has a great chance of bringing a medal back to Ireland.
When Shane Lowry won The Open Championship at Royal Portrush two years ago, he won the hearts of everyone on the Emerald Isle and beyond. He will start his medal campaign with terrific support and the addition of an Olympic medal would have Irish eyes smiling.
Coming off a good top-15 finish in Ohio just recently, Cavan-based Leona Maguire will be looking to continue with her good form in Japan. Leona has been performing well on her debut LPGA Tour season and has proved that she can compete with the world’s best.
After tying for 31st place at the Olympic Golf Club in Rio in 2016, Stephanie Meadow is back for more Olympic golf with Ireland. She burst onto the scene in 2014 at the US Women’s Open where she tied for third place, another similar finish in Japan would be priceless.
Ireland have been competing in the summer Olympic Games since 1924, racking up a total of 31 medals. Rory, Shane, Leona and Stephanie will be hoping to add to that total and will have our full backing whilst doing so. Good luck team!
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