Collin Morikawa: "You want to be respected"



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Collin Morikawa: "You want to be respected"

Collin Morikawa said he loved being in Japan again for Tokyo 2020.

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“It’s one of my favourite places to come.This is my fourth time being here, third time playing golf, and it’s not just because I love the area and I love everything about it.

But you embrace the culture, you enjoy just being here. I think you feel like you’re a part of the society when you’re here, you feel respected. As athletes you want to be respected. We’re very thankful for being here.

I wouldn’t say golf is the hardest compared to something else, because other people might think it's harder when someone dominates so much in their sport. How do you try and medal, be first, second or third? Golf is golf, we play four days, every week is different.

You don’t know how someone’s going to play and I think that’s what makes our sport amazing is that guys like Xander, JT (Justin Thomas), some of the best players in the world are very consistent. When you put it on a stage like this, who’s going to be able to step up? Out here it’s amazing.

Conditions are pristine. It’s unfortunate that we’re going to get a little rain, it’s going to be softer than probably what we would hoped for. It’s still going to put a really good test of making sure you’re hitting it really well off the tee, and then seeing what kind of up and downs you can make it.

I think you can get some pretty tough lies out here" Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio.

The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown. “We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell.

“The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events”.

The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.

One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. “The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker.

“I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!” The BMW Celebrity Match is open to anyone attending the Solheim Cup on September 2.

Tickets can be found at www.solheimcupusa.com, with additional participants to be announced in the coming weeks. Along with the celebrity match, BMW becomes an official partner of the Solheim Cup as the official vehicle for the event.

With a full week of action set to take place at the 2021 Solheim Cup, fans can also purchase various ticket and hospitality packages to enjoy every activity in Toledo at Inverness Club. New in 2021 is the Meijer Pavilion, which will give ticketholders a 300-degree view of the surrounding holes and upgraded food and beverage options, with local bands playing everyday from 11 a.m.

– 2 p.m. The 2021 Solheim Cup event will take place Sept. 4-6 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. U.S. Captain Pat Hurst, along with Assistant Captains Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie West will lead the best players from the United States as they look to reclaim the Solheim Cup on home soil.

Europe will once again be helmed by Captain Catriona Matthew, with Vice Captains Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie and Suzann Pettersen by her side. The U.S. and European teams will be finalized following the 2021 AIG Women’s Open.