Spain’s Jon Rahm plans to signify his nation within the Olympics, however he understands why gamers resembling Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott have introduced they intend to skip the competitors in Saitama, Japan, from July 29-Aug 1.
“The Olympic committee are not making it very easy for us to choose it, simply because up until not too long ago we couldn’t go to our site or tournament hotel until Wednesday and we had to stay in the Olympic Village until then,” he mentioned. “As I understand from what I been told there is at least one- to two-hour drive to the golf course. That’s a lot of time to be in the car going to and coming back from the Olympic Village, and then you can only go to the hotel on Wednesday. Your family is not allowed. You’re not allowed to go to any other events. There are just so many restrictions.”
The Olympics had been postponed final yr as a result of world pandemic. There have been persevering with issues whether or not situations have improved sufficient for the Olympics to be performed later this yr. To keep away from a COVID outbreak within the Olympic Village, strict insurance policies have been introduced.
Rahm, 26, mentioned he additionally understood why a participant resembling Danny Lee would decline his spot within the discipline to focus on retaining his PGA Tour card.
“I can understand why a lot of people are prioritizing the FedEx Cup events and great golf events,” mentioned Rahm, noting that the golf in Japan falls in between the British Open and the WGC. “The Olympics are relatively new for the golf, and I don’t blame them,” he mentioned. “In my case I want to play. It’s an absolute dream of mine to be an Olympian.”
He added: “I’ve been able to win championships representing Spain as an amateur in almost every imaginable level, and to bring back the gold medal would be something amazing.”
Rahm, who’s the No. 3-ranked golfer on the earth, is a lock to make the Spanish staff. He mentioned that regardless of the inconveniences he wouldn’t miss it for the world.
“Yeah, I want to play,” he mentioned. “They’re not making it very easy, but I do want to play.”