when the women’s olympic competition kicks off this thursday at kasumigaseki country club outside tokyo, team usa will be well represented.
Olympic qualification rules stipulate that only two players from each country can participate in the competition, unless they are among the top 15 in the world. in that case, up to two more players can represent each team. That’s good news for American women, who had exactly four women — Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda — qualified. they are now among the favorites to win medals at this week’s games.
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nelly korda has been downright dominant in 2021 on the lpga tour. in 12 starts, he made 11 cuts, posted six top-three finishes and won three times, including twice in his last three starts. she became a great champion and rose to world number. 1 via victory in the kpmg women’s pga championship. she is now the 7-1 favorite to win gold.
for korda, this is the middle of a dizzying stretch.
“honestly, we go from france to tokyo and then go straight to basically britain. So I mean, then we’ll be home and then we’ll represent America. uu. again in solheim.
“so it’s a long stretch but we can’t wait, it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m already excited to start the week.”
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kang has been the picture of consistency this season. Like Korda, Kang has missed just one cut. in 13 starts he has four top fives and seven top 10s. and she has made it clear how excited she is to be on team usa. uu.
“Being able to represent your country, especially in the Olympics, is probably the greatest honor we could achieve,” he said. “Being able to be a part of the Olympics for me really made me know that I did something right. it is the ultimate approval that, as an athlete, I have done something right.
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while thompson has not had the best season of his career, he has maintained a high level of play throughout 2021; She has made all the cuts in 13 starts and posted three top-three finishes, most notably in the USA. uu. Women’s Open, where she held a five-shot lead before finishing third.
Thompson kicked off his Olympic week in style with a hole-in-one during Monday’s practice round.
“it’s the olympic games, it’s not just another event,” thompson said. “We’re here with the best of the best of athletes from all these different sports, it’s like Danielle said: it’s the greatest honor you can have, to represent your country.”
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nelly’s older sister, jessica, won her first start of the season, the diamond resorts tournament of champions, posting a solo second-place finish in los angeles and third-place finish in williamsburg. Like Thompson, she hasn’t missed a cut this season, and she spoke with her teammate and South Florida resident Justin Thomas about what to expect this week:
“it’s like, ‘wait until you land here, it’s going to hit you,'” korda said of her texts with thomas. “and I was like, ‘okay, I can’t wait.’ and he’s right, I mean the whole experience for us, I don’t feel like we were really prepared for what it was going to be, and like he said it just hits you when you get here.”
how to watch the women’s olympic event on tv
you can watch the 2021 olympic games women’s golf competition on golf channel. Due to the time change, Wednesday’s first round will be broadcast live beginning Tuesday night for viewers in the United States. check out the full women’s olympic golf tv schedule below.
Tuesday, August 3: 6:30 p.m. m.-3 a.m. m. et (Golf Channel)Wednesday, August 4: 6:30 p.m. m.-3 a.m. m. et (Golf Channel)Thursday, August 5: 6:30 p.m. m-3:00 a.m. m. et (Golf Channel)Friday, August 6: 6:30 p.m. m-3:30 am m. et (golf channel)