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2021 Olympics: Rory McIlroy ‘very impressed’ that Simone Biles put herself first

KAWAGOE, Japan – Right after COVID-19 and the intense safety protocols that made these Summer Games possible, the most talked about topic this week in Tokyo has been mental health. Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the women’s gymnastics team final, citing mental health concerns, ignited the conversation, and many Olympic athletes, including swimming great Michael Phelps, […]

2021 Olympics: Patrick Reed shakes off delay, jetlag to card 68 in Olympics first round

KAWAGOE, Japan – Jetlag can be relentless, and Thursday’s weather delay at the Olympic men’s golf competition couldn’t have come at a worse time for Patrick Reed. Reed was on the 14th hole when the weather warning horn sent players scrambling to the clubhouse for a two-hour delay. That’s when the jetlag hit. “I was […]

2021 Olympics: Hideki Matsuyama’s focus fades, pressure remains on Day 1 in Tokyo

KAWAGOE, Japan – For a player who famously guards his privacy, the Olympics were always going to be a unique challenge for Hideki Matsuyama, who has endured the weight of a golf-crazed nation this week. A first-round 69 did nothing to change his attitude or his expectations. Even after an eventful round at Kasumigaseki Country […]

Sick until the opening round, Thomas Pieters (65) eyes ‘legendary’ status in Belgium

KAWAGOE, Japan – Given the nature of an Olympics that was postponed a year by a pandemic, Thomas Pieters’ concern was understandable. “I wasn’t in a good way yesterday,” Pieters admitted on Thursday. Pieters said he suffered from fever and headaches on Wednesday which limited his preparation to just a single nine-hole practice round. Although […]

Report: PGA Tour won’t allow players to compete in Saudi International

According to a report on Golfweek.com, the PGA Tour is escalating its global turf war with a potential start-up circuit that’s being backed by the Saudi government. Players will not be granted competing event releases for next year’s Saudi International, a lucrative event that had been a part of the European Tour schedule. According to […]

Punch Shot: Who will be the three medalists at the men’s Olympic event?

The Olympic Men’s Competition gets underway Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club outside of Tokyo, Japan. Who will stand on the podium? Who will just miss the medal ceremony? GolfChannel.com writers weigh with their predictions. Who wins gold? REX HOGGARD: Paul Casey. There was little in Justin Rose’s run-up to the 2016 Games to suggest the Englishman was […]

U.S. Olympic golfers pick the brains of the U.S. men’s basketball team and vice versa

KAWAGOE, Japan – For golfers, the highlight of the Olympics is the chance to mix with world-class athletes from other sports. And while that opportunity may be diminished this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, there are still opportunities to savor the experience. On Tuesday three of the four members of Team USA spent time with […]

Despite Tour struggles for Anirban Lahiri, he’s not ‘selfless’ for playing in Olympics

KAWAGOE, Japan – It’s been a year for Anirban Lahiri, but just don’t tell him his decision to play this week’s Olympic golf competition is selfless. “It’s not selfless. It’s actually selfish because I want this. I’m not doing this for anyone else, I’m doing this for me,” he said Wednesday as he was putting […]

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