3M Open, Dustin Johnson is under pressure

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3M Open, Dustin Johnson is under pressure

Dustin Johnson to put the world leadership in his sights again, Louis Oosthuizen for the only close success in the last 3 Majors of 2021 (second at the PGA Championship and at the US Open, third at The Open). From 22 to 25 July in Blaine (USA), Minnesota, the third edition of the 3M Open will be staged, a tournament of the PGA Tour with two highly anticipated big players on the field: the American Johnson, second in the world ranking and dry of victories since last year.

February (Saudi International, Eurotour), and South African Louis Oosthuizen, ninth in the world ranking.

3M Open, Dustin Johnson

Among the possible favorites also Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland and Matthew Wolff, winner of the 3M Open in 2019.

The American Michael Thompson will defend the title. In an event that will offer a total prize pool of $ 6,600,000. Now it's official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time - for the men's individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club - from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021.

Renato Paratore is ready in his place. "I'm trying to find the right words, but I can't find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world.

For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future " Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus).

And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn't found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour). Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore.

That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.