The Olympic spirit has already been felt by Shane Lowry. Kasumigaseki’s golf course is located further than 50 km from the city centre than any of the Olympic zones. The 2019 British Open winner still managed to visit the Olympic Village and mingle with the athletes.
S. Lowry Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
S. Lowry has been quite vocal about his desire to compete in the Olympics, and after seeing the local town he expressed regret that the athletes couldn’t be housed with them because of how far away the course was.
S. Lowry will play his first round with British golfer Tommy Fleetwood and American golfer Patrick Reed, while Rory McIlroy will play with Open champion Collin Morikawa and Korean golfer Sungjae Im.
“It was pretty cool to go and see the Olympic Village and it’s actually quite disappointing that we can’t stay there,” said S. Lowry .
Including some of the ambient conditions is one thing. Contrarily, S. Lowry is also in Tokyo for the competition. At only 60 players, the field is less than half the size of those he’s used to seeing on the PGA Tour, and with only four Americans in the mix, the victor might come from any of the other countries represented.
Now that he’s here, S. Lowry recognises the significance of bringing a medal back to Ireland.
That’s why I came in the first place. Certainly, I intend to take advantage of my time in Rio, but I also view this week as an opportunity to put in some hard work and perhaps come home with a medal. That’s how I’ve been trying to approach it for the past few weeks, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it works out.
In contrast to the Tour, where money tends to trickle down, he expects the winning score in the four-round strokeplay tournament to be low and considerably more competitive.
This week, he said, “trying to get off to a strong start and putting yourself in the mix” will be a top priority. I’d love to win a medal for Team Ireland because the Olympics are so important to me and to everyone in Ireland.