A pair of top-15 women and two men radiating green and gold will lead Australia’s charge for a girl Olympic golf medal in Japan.
Minjee Lee (World No. 14), Hannah Green (15), Cameron Smith (28) and Marc Leishman (34) – the best Australians on tour – will take part in Saitama’s Kasumigaseki Country Club as the sport makes its second Olympic appearance.
They all lead strong cases, with Lee – a five-time winner of the LPGA Tour and a seventh-place finish in Rio 2016 – and Green to be six top-10 finishes on the tour this season.
Green has four of them, including the runner-up in the Women’s World Championships in April to follow up her 2019 PGA Championship victory.
Leishman, who was a top-five finisher on the Masters’ year, found the right time while Smith was the runner-up last year.
They won as a pair at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April, saying wearing Australian colors would do their best.
“As a golfer, you never thought about representing your country in the Olympics,” Leishman said.
“Having an opportunity to represent your country is a great honor for which I am excited.
“It will be a wonderful thing to be able to bring home a medal for your country.
Queenslander Smith, 27, said he would love to tour Japan and look forward to playing in Tokyo again.
“If I get the chance to put on the Australian flag and put on the green and gold, I’m there, ‘he said.