Francesco Molinari is close to Tokyo Games



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Francesco Molinari is close to Tokyo Games

Seven days at the "gong" Exactly one week is missing from the end of the qualifiers for the Tokyo Games of men's golf which will end on June 21st. It ran for the last places available towards the Olympics. The men's tournament will be played from 29 July to 1 August at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

There will be 60 players competing for the gold medal.

Francesco Molinari, Tokyo

For Italy Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza is practically certain of a place, 103rd in the world ranking. And with him, barring reversals, in Japan there should be the Turin-born Francesco Molinari, 173 / o in the world.

One week after the end of the qualification process, Renato Paratore is chasing the Piedmontese. To date, the United States could field (also given the resignation of Dustin Johnson, world number 1), Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele.

But the US Open (June 17-20 in California) could reshuffle the cards with Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka ready to take advantage. There will be a maximum of 4 American players in Tokyo. Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada.

He wrote an article for the LPGA web site. "I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history. People view us now as married people.

We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years. When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay.

But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot. I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye.

Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men. I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more.

It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin. My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them.

I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends. Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman.

I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time.

And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears"