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.
Francesco Molinari, statements
“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.
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the pairs tournament of the LPGA Tour, goes to the sisters Jutanugarn, Ariya and Moriya who, with a total of 256 (67 59 71 59, -24) strokes, exceed the outgoing champions (they won the tournament in 2019, in 2020 the competition was canceled for Covid), Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura, second with 259 (-21). Nothing to do for the sisters Korda, Nelly and Jessica, 17 / e with 267 (-13).
“This is really a special success that we built lap after lap. The event was also useful to spend some time together, to give us strength in the highlights and to encourage each other shot after shot. We are delighted.” This is the joy of the Jutanugarn sisters.
Wave the flag of Thailand in Michigan. At the Midland Country Club (par 72) Ariya Jutanugarn celebrated her 12th title (figure including 2 Majors) on the top American female circuit. Her younger sister, she was the first Thai golfer, male or female, to win a Major (the Ricoh Women’s British Open). While for Moriya this is the second career success on the LPGA Tour.