Tokyo Olympics:  Zimbabwean Golfer Scott Vincent to fly African flag  

Tokyo Olympics:  Zimbabwean Golfer Scott Vincent to fly African flag  

Zimbabwean pro golfer Scott Vincent will be the only African golfer on parade in the men’s category at the Tokyo Olympics it was revealed Tuesday.

Scott Vincent who plays on the European and the Asian Tour has been a runner-up five times on the Asian Tour, in the Shinhan Donghae Open in 2016, the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2017 and the Bank BRI Indonesia Open, the TAKE Solutions Masters and the Shinhan Donghae Open in 2018.

He represented Zimbabwe in the 2018 World Cup of Golf. He is current world number 239.

Although a number of Pro Golfers in the continent are making impact to the best of their abilities sponsorship and dearth of tournaments continue to take its toll on their effort.

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In a recent interview with Sportinglife.ng Nigerian pro golfer and Technical Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigerian (PGAN), Lawrence Mathew described the game as a goldmine capable of providing jobs on one hand and winning laurels for the country on the other if given the needed support.

The Tokyo Olympic men’s golf field was drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking after the U.S. Open finished Sunday.

Dustin Johnson, the highest-ranked American at No. 2 behind Spaniard Jon Rahm, said in March that he would decline an Olympic spot.

Fellow major champions Sergio Garcia of Spain, Adam Scott of Australia and Martin Kaymer of Germany also withdrew. As did world No. 11 Tyrrell Hatton of Great Britain.

Garcia’s withdrawal was the most recent of the big stars. The 2017 Masters champion pulled out citing a focus on trying to qualify for the Ryder Cup, according to his social media. Garcia, 41, tied for eighth at the 2016 Olympics.

To fill the field of 60, the International Golf Federation had to dip down to the world’s 340th-ranked male golfer, Anirban Lahiri of India.

Olympic men’s golf field:

Jon Rahm (ESP)

Justin Thomas (USA)

Collin Morikawa (USA)

Xander Schauffele (USA)

Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Rory McIlroy (IRL)

Viktor Hovland (NOR)

Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

Paul Casey (GBR)

Abraham Ancer (MEX)

Sungjae Im (KOR)

Cameron Smith (AUS)

Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

Tommy Fleetwood (GBR)

Corey Conners (CAN)

Victor Perez (FRA)

Garrick Higgo (RSA)

Shane Lowry (IRL)

Marc Leishman (AUS)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)

Siwoo Kim (KOR)

Carlos Ortiz (MEX)

Mackenzie Hughes (CAN)

Sebastian Munoz (COL)

Guido Migliozzi (ITA)

Emiliano Grillo (ARG)

Rikuya Hoshino (JPN)

Antoine Rozner (FRA)

Thomas Detry (BEL)

Alex Noren (SWE)

Thomas Pieters (BEL)

Kalle Samooja (FIN)

Matthias Schwab (AUT)

Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN)

Sami Valimaki (FIN)

Jazz Janewattananond (THA)

Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

Francesco Molinari (ITA)

Henrik Norlander (SWE)

Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP)

Guillermo Mito Pereira (CHI)

Joachim Hansen (DEN)

Rory Sabbatini (SVK)

Sepp Straka (AUT)

Ryan Fox (NZL)

C.T. Pan (TPE)

Adrian Meronk (POL)

Maximilian Kieffer (GER)

Juvic Pagunsan (PHI)

Ondrej Lieser (CZE)

Scott Vincent (ZIM)

Gunn Charoenkul (THA)

Hurly Long (GER)

Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR)

Rafael Campos (PUR)

Gavin Green (MAS)

Carl Yuan (CHN)

Kristian Krogh Johannessen (NOR)

Wu Ashun (CHN)

Anirban Lahiri (IND)

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