Marcel Siem: “I thought I have to be careful”

Marcel Siem was grateful for the vociferous support of the fans as he finished his fairytale week at Royal St George’s Golf Club with his best Open Championship result.

Marcel Siem, statements

“On 18 to finish the week off like this with a birdie and the crowds were so good to me all week, it was lovely. I was able to cheer them up a little bit on 18 as well then. It was awesome. I’m really, really happy. Thanks to everybody cheering for me. It was amazing. I thought, ‘I have to be careful what I’m doing here’. It’s a bit embarrassing maybe because I’m not winner of the tournament. But I think they want to see something like this and I felt like having the birdie as well then cheering them up, that’s what they pay the money for as well. I love emotions, other players to show emotions as well. I’m very grateful for everybody who was cheering for me. Thank you.”

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.