Thomas, Morikawa, Schauffele And DeChambeau Make Up U.S. Men’s Golf Team For Tokyo

by Chrös McDougall

Collin Morikawa plays his shot during the final round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 20, 2021 in San Diego, Calif.


Coming off top-10 finishes in the U.S. Open on Sunday, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa lead four American men who qualified for the Olympic golf competition beginning next month in Tokyo.
The duo joins Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau in qualifying based on their positions in the Olympic Golf Rankings following the conclusion of the qualifying period on Monday. The Tokyo golf tournament will include 60 men, and countries can qualify as many as four athletes so long as all are ranked in the top 15.
All four U.S. men ranked in the top five Monday, behind only Spain’s Jon Rahm, who won the U.S. Open.
No. 2 Thomas has one major win in his career, the 2017 PGA Championship, but the 28-year-old has 14 career wins on the PGA Tour and won the Players Championship in May.
Following his first major win at the 2020 PGA Championship, No. 3 Morikawa, 24, tied for eighth at this year’s PGA and was tied for fourth over the weekend at the U.S. Open.
Schauffele, 27, is still aiming for his first major win but has nine top-10 finishes in 17 total appearances. He ranked third in the OGR.
Rounding out the U.S. team is No. 5 DeChambeau, 27, who won last year’s U.S. Open but has finished outside the top-25 in the three majors so far this season.
Golf returned to the Olympics in 2016 after a 112-year absence, with Team USA’s Matt Kuchar taking bronze on the men’s side. With Kuchar as well as Rio gold medalist Justin Rose of Great Britain and Henrik Stenson of Sweden failing to make the cut, the Tokyo Games will produce three new medalists on the men’s side.
The Olympic tournaments will feature 72 holes of stroke play at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, just northwest of central Tokyo

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic Movement for since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.