Fleetwood excited by golf competition




The 30-year-old Englishman will represent Team GB along with Paul Casey in the men’s golf event, which starts at the Kasumigaseki Country Club at 23:30 BST on Wednesday. Both are seeking to emulate Justin Rose’s gold medal performance in Rio five years ago.

Mel Reid, meanwhile, missed last week’s major, the Evian Championship, to be able to compete alongside team-mate Jodi Ewart-Shadoff in the women’s event in Tokyo which starts on 4 August.

Before their trips to Japan, the British players were required to undergo a special education programme organised by UK anti-doping (Ukad) on the potential pitfalls of entering the multi-sport arena.

“We are in our own bubble of golf all the time,” Fleetwood told BBC Sport immediately after completing the course.

“This is something a little bit different and with a few extra rules. “I think it does you a lot of good to just know that there are other scenarios that can happen.

“Golf is huge to us,” added the current world number 34. “You turn up to 30 events a year pretty confident that you know everything that’s going on.”

Fleetwood describes this week’s competition as “something different that is on a massively global scale, with other rules”.—AFP

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