Rory McIlroy recently announced his intention to represent Ireland at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo — and now another top golfing star has joined him.
The Northern Irishman withdrew from playing for Ireland in 2016 in Brazil due to the threat of the Zika virus at the time.
With golf now returning for a second Olympics since its return, superstar Tiger Woods has announced his intention to qualify for the Tokyo tournament.
The 43-year-old, who won the Masters just last month, missed Rio 2016 due to a number of significant injury issues.
‘Would I like to play in the Olympics? Yes,’ said Woods before this US PGA Championship in New York this week.
‘I’ve never played in the Olympics, and I’m sure that I won’t have many more opportunities going forward at 43 years old now to play in many Olympics.’
‘That would be a first for me and something that I would certainly welcome if I was part of the team’, the 15-time Major winner continued.
‘Getting there and making the team is going to be the tough part. How many events do I play, do I add a couple more to get in?
‘I just know that if I play well in the big events like I did this year, it will take care of itself.’
Woods hasn’t played since his win at Augusta last month. With the PGA Championship just days away, the American revealed that his inactivity has allowed him to rest.
‘The body doesn’t respond like it used to, doesn’t bounce back quite as well, so I’ve got to be aware of that’, Woods explained.
‘I had to do more work on managing my game, my body, understanding it, what I can and cannot do.’