As the Australian goes for gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Marc Leishman disagrees with Rory McIlroy.
While Rory McIlroy seems unimpressed by this year’s Olympic golf competition, Marc Leishman remains confident in his ability to win gold.
Following Rory McIlroy’s admission that he isn’t looking forward to this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics golf event, Mark Leishmann has emphasized the game’s importance.
Leishman, along with fellow Australian Cameron Smith, will represent Team Australia in Tokyo, while McIlroy will join up with former Open Champion Shane Lowry to create Team Ireland.
Despite the fact that an Olympic medal is one of sport’s highest honors, McIlroy and Rory have opposing viewpoints on the event’s significance, with McIlroy being less than enthused about the opportunity to represent his country in Tokyo.
“I don’t know if there is much to look forward to [about the Olympics], it’s certainly going to be a very different environment,” McIlroy said after his final round at the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s last week.
“Look, I’m not a terribly nationalistic guy,” he added. It’s something I’m doing because I believe it’s the proper thing to do.”
Despite McIlroy’s lack of enthusiasm for the Australian Open, Leishman sees next week’s Olympic event at Kasumigaseki Country Club as a watershed moment for himself and golf, and believes that winning gold in Tokyo would surpass anything he has accomplished thus far in his career.
“Winning a gold medal would rate above any other win I’ve ever had,” he remarked. Apart from the British Open and the Masters, I believe it will be right there.”
After missing the last tournament in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 due to the birth of his daughter, Leishman will make his Olympic debut at this year’s Games.
While the Australian was unhappy not to compete in the first Olympic golf event in 112 years, family came first: “It was a pretty easy decision [not to go to Rio], but if the circumstances had been different, I would have loved to have been there.”
“I definitely want to play in this Olympics for the second time, but my family comes first. I’m really looking forward to it now.”
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