Bethpage (USA) – American golf star Tiger Woods, winner at 43 last month of his 15th Grand Slam title, admitted Tuesday that he hopes to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"I have never participated in the Olympics and I think that at my age, I will not have many other opportunities to participate in other Olympics. It would be a first for me and something that I would do with pleasure if I were to be part of the teamWoods explained, two days before the kickoff of the PGA Championship, in Bethpage near New York.
"Qualifying and being part of the team will be difficult. How many trials will I have to play? Will I have to add events to my calendar to get my selection? These are questions that I will have to study"he continued.
"I also know that if I play well in big events like I do this year, things will come by themselves"insisted the"Tiger".
Woods returned to sixth place after last month's Masters Augusta title, his first Grand Slam title since 2008.
He had not been able to qualify for Rio 2016 when golf returned to the Olympic program after 112 years of absence. In 2016, his career was in fact stalled because of back pain that disrupted until the end of 2017.
Only 60 players will be selected for the Tokyo Olympics men's tournament, according to the International Golf Federation (IGF).
The world's top 15, as of June 22, 2020, will be automatically qualified, with a limit of four players per country.
Beyond the 15th place in the world, players will be selected based on their world ranking, with a maximum of two players for each country that does not already have two or more players selected, according to the IGF rules.
Woods is currently 6th in the world, behind three of his compatriots and would therefore be qualified if the Olympic selections were made this week.