M. Leishman Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

M. Leishman Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
GIRONA, SPAIN - JULY 14: Peter Fowler of Australia in action during the final round of the European Tour Destinations Senior Classic played at PGA Catalunya Resort on July 14, 2019 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

Although Adam Scott maintains his stance against Olympic participation, Marc Leishman has put his name in the hat for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Despite Marc Leishman’s declaration that he would “love” to compete in golf at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, fellow Australian Adam Scott is not likely to volunteer for the event.

M. Leishman Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

M. Leishman Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Scott was adamantly against the Olympic golf format, while Leishman didn’t want to put his wife Audrey at risk of acquiring the Zika virus, so both players opted out of competing in Rio 2016.

On Wednesday, though, Leishman told reporters that he would welcome the opportunity to represent Australia at the Olympics.

This follows last week’s addition of Jason Day, who also had to skip Rio due to health reasons.

One of my lifelong goals is to compete in the Olympics. “If I’m on the team, I’m going to the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast,” Leishman said on Wednesday.

Right now, that spot on my body is giving me goose bumps (talking about it).

To paraphrase, “That would be cool. It’s an honour to wear the national flag and represent your country in whatever capacity.

It’s just that I’ve always been the kind to prioritise my family over anything else, and I honestly can’t recall if Audrey was pregnant at the time or if we were even trying, so it wasn’t in our best interests to endanger either of them.

In three years, I hope to be representing Australia in Tokyo.

Scott, on the other hand, will probably skip out on the action once more.

The world number 31 has spoken out against Olympic golf, stating that he has no desire to compete in another 72-hole tournament against a “weaker-than-most field” last year.

Honestly, “I haven’t thought that far ahead,” Scott admitted.

To paraphrase, “My stance on golf’s inclusion in the Olympics hasn’t changed.”


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