Garrick Higgo excited to get going in Japan

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2020 Summer Olympic Games

Thursday 29 July - Sunday 01 August 2021

Kasumigaseki Country Club
Tokyo, Japan
South Africa's Garrick Higgo is looking forward to the men's golf tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

The 22-year-old will fly the South African flag alongside Christiaan Bezuidenhout at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. 
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"It’s awesome to finally be in Tokyo for the Olympics, but geez, I’d forgotten how long it takes to get to Japan from South Africa!" Higgo wrote on his arrival in Japan for SuperSport

"I think it was nine hours to Qatar and another 10-and-a-half to Tokyo, so my caddie - Nick Cavendish-Pell – and I were a bit shattered when we finally arrived.

"He flew from London, but was on the same flight from Doha. On top of that, it took about two hours to get through everything at the airport – Covid testing, passport control etc – and then another two-hour car journey before we got to the athletes’ village. So, it was pretty late – about midnight - by the time we got in, never mind the effects of jet lag.

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"But, despite all that, it’s great to be here representing my country and sharing the experience with someone, and I’m just looking forward to not only teeing off on Thursday, but also meeting other athletes and getting a real sense of the Olympic vibe," Higgo added. 
Higgo and Bezuidenhout go into the tournament as the 41st and 46th ranked golfers in the world. 
Past winners: 
1900: Charles Sands - United States of America 
1904: George Lyon - Canada 
‪1908-2012:  Not included in the Olympic program
2016: Justin Rose - Great Britain 

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Published: 07/28/2021