Ireland pair Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy will play in two stellar groups when the Men’s Olympic golf tournament starts at the Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday.
McIlroy, who will hope to turn around his form as tees off his challenge for gold at 2.35am, will have new Open champion Collin Morikawa for company after the American’s triumph at Royal St George’s, as well as Sungjae Im from Korea, who skipped the Open to focus on the Tokyo games.
Lowry is in the next group out alongside Tommy Fleetwood, who he beat in a head to head for the Open crown in 2019, and another US competitor, Patrick Reed.
Both Lowry and McIlroy passed up the opportunity to play in golf’s Rio debut due to concerns over the Zika virus, so Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power competed in their place.
The States have four participants in the tournament but Bryson DeChambeau misses out after testing positive, as did new US PGA champion John Rahm.
Justin Rose, the reigning Olympic champion, misses out this time, with GB represented by Fleetwood and Paul Casey.