With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games well and truly underway, to many viewers’ surprise, golf has captured the attention of the nation.
In the latest edition of the Betfred Golf Show, Sean Molyneux and Simon Dyson reflected on golf at the Olympics, along with some of the sport’s upcoming showpieces.
“Like we said last week, it’s a great event and it’s only going to grow in stature,” Dyson said. “The chance to win a gold medal every four years is something that’s pretty much unheard of in golf.
“There’s always next week or there’s always next year to win a major, whereas this is every four years. It makes it even more special.”
As Xander Schauffele took the gold medal for Team USA, Molyneux highlighted just how much it meant to the American.
He explained: “It was big for him in a couple of ways because it was his first win in two-and-a-half years, which is crazy to think Xander Schauffele has come so close recently.
“It’s big for him as well because his father was an aspiring Olympian for Germany before he had a car accident, and his mother grew up in Japan and his grandparents retired there. So, a lot of personal ties for him to the Olympics and to Japan.”
Dyson echoed those sentiments, expressing his shock at how long Schauffele had been made to wait for victory.
“It was just a great win,” he added. “We’ve spoken about him a lot on this show and he’s just a fantastic golfer. It’s been surprising it has been that long since he won because of the quality of his golf but he thoroughly deserved it.
“He played very good, consistent gold throughout the week and again, it’s something that he’ll never forget. Maybe he’ll get the chance in four years time to defend that gold medal.”
The pair also looked ahead to the week’s main event – the WGC Fed-Ex St Jude Invitational – and the third and final World Golf Championship of the season at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.