Hannah Green if one of four representing Australia in golf at Tokyo 2020

Hannah Green if one of four representing Australia in golf at Tokyo 2020. Photo: Australian Olympic Committee/Michael Reaves

The Australian Olympic Committee named the team headed to Tokyo for golf on Friday, including Australia's third female representative in the sport.

After the top-ranked Australian golfer Adam Scott opted out of the Olympics in April earlier this year there were plenty of questions looming about who would fill out the Australian team. On Friday golf fans finally got that answer when the four member team was announced.

Securing their spots through world rankings, only Minjee Lee (14) has Olympic experience, finishing seventh in Rio. Her resume boasts five tournament wins on the LPGA Tour and two top-10 finishes in the 2021 season to date.

Hannah Green (15) will make her debut in Tokyo off the back of a very successful LPGA season to date, already having four top-10 finishes this year, including finishing as the runner up in the Women’s World Championship in April. The 24-year-old also has winning the Women’s PGA Championship in 2019 to her name, only the third Australian woman to have a major to her name.

Marc Leishman (34) finished in the top five at the Masters this year and teamed up with fellow first time Olympian Cameron Smith (28) to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April.

Smith might not boast the same dominance in the 2021 season as his countrymen but in the chaos that was the 2020 season, he finished runner up at the Masters.

Green is only the third female golfer to be named in the Australian Olympic team, and acknowledged the bond she has with her Australian peers.

“I’m super-happy to be going to Tokyo and I can’t wait to get there,” Green said.

“It’s very cool to have it set in stone after all that time trying to qualify.

“[Rio Olympians] Minjee, Su Oh and I are close. We grew up playing junior golf together and we’ve graduated to professional golf together as well and now we’re Olympians. That sounds pretty special.

“In Tokyo, there are 60 great players in the field and we’ll be hoping for a good result. I’ve made a point of coming home to get myself rested and prepared so that I can get my best result in Tokyo.”

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Leishman views the Olympics as a unique opportunity with the Olympics not being at the forefront of most golfer’s minds.

“Growing up as a golfer you never thought about representing your country in the Olympics,” Leishman said.

“To be able to have an opportunity to represent your country is a massive honour something that I’m excited for. It would be such an awesome thing to be able to bring home a medal for your country.

Already having a love for competing in Japan, Smith is over the moon at the opportunity to represent Australia on the Olympic stage.

“Just being a part of the Olympic squad is a fantastic feeling,” Smith said.

“It’s something that I didn’t really think that we ever had a chance of doing growing up.

“Any chance I get to put on the Australian flag and put on the green and gold I’m there, I’m super pumped.”

Golf Australia CEO James Sutherland welcomed today’s announcement.

James Sutherland, CEO of Golf Australia recognised that each member of the team are excellent representatives for the sport

“We’re excited to see what these four terrific athletes can do to represent both golf and the Australian Olympic Team in Tokyo,” Sutherland said.

“Minjee, Hannah, Marc and Cameron are not only outstanding golfers; they are superb ambassadors for our sport and we know that the golfing community in particular will be watching them with great interest at the Games and hoping that we can secure our first Olympic medal in the sport.”

Australia’s Golf Team

NameOlympic Games
Hannah GreenDebut
Minjee Lee2nd (2016)
Marc LeishmanDebut
Cameron SmithDebut

The Golf competition will run from 29 July – 1 August (men) and 4-7 August (women) at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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