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Collin Morikawa Wins British Open at Royal St. George's for Second Major Title. Morikawa, 24, shot a bogey-free 66 in the final round to surge past Louis Oosthuizen and cap this strange 'Super Season' with bookend major titles. The binge has ended. May the hangover yield to a lengthy period of reflection. Sports IllustratedCollin Morikawa Wins British Open at Royal St. George's for Second Major Title

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Morikawa also got a sweet shout out from girlfriend Katherine Zhu, a former collegiate golf champion. "So incredibly proud of you!" she wrote on social media alongside a shot of the pair embracing. "You've accomplished so much since turning pro in 2019 and I really can't wait to see what's next." PEOPLE.comCollin​​ Morikawa, 24, Makes History with Win at The Open, Gets Sweet Shout-Out from Girlfriend

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Collin Morikawa won his second major title on Sunday when he held off Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen at the Open Championship.

Morikawa finished with a fourth-round 4-under par and carded a 15-under for the entire tournament.

"So incredibly proud of you!" she wrote. "You’ve accomplished so much since turning pro in 2019 and I really can’t wait to see what’s next."

Zhu is a former collegiate golf champion herself. Last year, she and Morikawa talked about being a competitive couple.

Morikawa is the second player to win The Open Championship and PGA Championship before turning 25, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He joined Tiger Woods in hitting the milestone. It was the first time he played at the event, much like it was his first time playing the PGA Championship when he won the tournament last year.

He played the final 31 holes at Royal St. George’s without a bogey. He started the final round of the tournament one shot behind the leader and finished two strokes ahead of Spieth.

Morikawa’s score was the lowest score in the 15 times the Open Championship was played at Royal St. George’s. He carded a 66 in the final round after shooting a 67 in the first, a 64 in the second and a 68 in the third.

"When you make history, it’s hard to grasp, it’s hard to really take it in ... At 24 years old, it’s so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I’ve done because I want more," he said.

Morikawa finished the tournament 15-under par. Spieth was 13-under while Rahm and Oosthuizen finished 11-under. South African pro Dylan Frittelli rounded out of the top five with a 9-under.

Spieth won the Valero Texas Open earlier in the season and finished second at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Rahm was coming off a win at the U.S. Open while Oosthuizen finished second at the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open.

Fritelli's fifth-place finish at the Open Championship was the best of his career. He carded a fourth-place finish at the 2020 Masters.

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End of Day 3 Round-Up | Live at The Open

The Open 20 July, 2021 - 01:01am

Monday Finish: 10 oddities from the Open Championship

Golf.com 19 July, 2021 - 06:34pm

Collin Morikawa won the Open Championship, but we're here to review some other nonsense that happened along the way.

First, let’s buzz through some housekeeping:

Collin Morikawa won that little jug in England.

Seamus Power won the off-field Barbasol Championship, capping off a startling run of six PGA Tour starts in which he has logged six top-20s and four top-10s. Before this year, the 34-year-old Irishman had never finished a year ranked better than No. 347 in the world. Now he’s up to 113 — and climbing.

At the LPGA Tour’s team event, the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, sisters Nelly and Jessica Korda shot the low round of the day on Thursday — but then the high round of the day on Friday. They were quickly supplanted by the Tour’s other best-known sister act, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, who fired 59s on Friday and Sunday to win by three.

Down the ranks, Taylor “We Want Some” Moore won on the Korn Ferry Tour, Emma “Super Mario” Broze won her first Symetra Tour title and Stuart “Does This Shirt Make Me Look” Manley won on the Challenge Tour. No, those aren’t real nicknames. Yet. Let’s move on.

Jordan Spieth finished solo second, his best result at a major since winning the 2017 Open and the fourth time overall he has come in runner-up at a major. That’s still two fewer times than Louis Oosthuizen, who added to his medal cabinet with a T3 finish.

On the LPGA, Cyndey Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapurra came closest to the Sisters Jutanugarn, finishing three shots back at 21 under.

And at the Barbasol, J.T. Poston was in command of the tournament before his ball came to rest ever so unfortunately out of bounds at No. 15. He lost to Power on the sixth hole of a playoff.

Now let’s get to the fun stuff.

You already know the scores, so let’s dive into the minutiae from the week. Some consequential, some far less so. Ten of ’em. Let’s go!

Remember at last month’s U.S. Open, when Rory McIlroy said he’d been eating the same chicken sandwich all week? Well, that turned into a T7, which means if you’re looking for game improvement it might be time to switch to beef.

That’s because Collin Morikawa plowed his way to victory by sticking to every American’s safest European meal order.

“I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days,” he said on Sunday night. Why stop at four?

The entire end of Jordan Spieth‘s Saturday round was an oddity unto itself. He missed a two-footer for a final-hole bogey, then took off running up the tunnel, like he was either A. so frustrated he couldn’t just walk or B. desperate to find a restroom, which would explain some putting discomfort.

Spieth running up the tunnel like he just missed the game-tying field goal pic.twitter.com/W7jHNP5Ko4

He followed that by hitting an estimated five hundred putts, took his putter home with him to work some more on a putting arc, then rolled in the next day with said putter — if no credential.

Lol at this gentleman’s reaction to Spieth not having his credential. Also Spieth taking his putter home last night 👀 pic.twitter.com/LreLc4JrAZ

Tyrrell Hatton got plenty of social-media attention for his second round at the Open, which included at least one flipped bird and a wedge he stomped into pieces.

That was actually all fairly typical, actually. But what’s particularly strange is the way Hatton — still the 12th-ranked golfer in the world — has performed at major championships of late. In the famous seven-major swing we’ve seen since last August, Hatton has missed five cuts and failed to contend at both the 2021 Masters (T18) or PGA (T38). That’s the sort of puzzling pattern that might make you want to stomp a wedge, too.

7. Speaking Of Wedges

Marc Leishman opened with a five-over 75 on Thursday thanks in large part to his struggles on the green; he took 36 putts to navigate the opening round. By midway through the second round he’d had enough and reportedly “damaged” his flat stick somewhere between the 10th and 11th holes.

The strategy paid off. (I’m sure it was a strategy and not a moment of raw frustration.)

At No. 11, Leishman switched to wedge and poured in a lengthy par putt. He made birdie at the next hole. He added birdies at 17 and 18. Three-under 67 for the second round. Three under putting with his wedge. The only problem was that he should have started using it earlier; his two-day total of two over par left him one shot outside the cut line.

Will Zalatoris entered the Open with three top-10s in his four previous major starts. But he sent ripples across Golf Channel’s viewership with one particularly sketchy short putting stroke.

My instinct was that this stroke was symptomatic of some sort of darkness in Zalatoris’ mind. Short putts are scary! Especially in major championships. And even on a scale of troubling putting strokes, this one looked extra-troubling. He barely made contact, after all.

But a sensible explanation emerged on Friday when Zalatoris withdrew from the event with a tweaked back. He said a shot out of the rough at No. 15 sent a tingling down his leg and that he’d been advised not to continue — but that he felt an obligation to finish the first round, “even if it meant embarrassing myself a little at the end ha!” he wrote on Instagram. Pros with back pain (notably Tiger Woods) have always described how standing over a putt can be particularly excruciating, so the account checks out. Here’s to a healthy back and a healthy stroke moving forward.

No rain. No real wind. Ample sunshine. Since I didn’t get to actually attend this Open in person, I’m particularly upset we didn’t get a proper dose of English misery to keep the lads on their toes. Hopefully next year?

An oddity of professional golf is that it’s one of the few professions than can be performed with zero access to one’s mobile device. Phil Mickelson has talked about turning off his phone for tournament weeks. Will Zalatoris talked about ditching his for the Masters. And Marcus Armitage shared his post-tournament phone plans and they sound — incredibly freeing.

“So I’m excited for a week off. I am, actually,” he said after a Sunday 70 left him T53. I’m charging my phone tonight. When it runs out of batteries tomorrow, I ain’t charging it for another week. So I’m totally going into no media, no phone calls, no text messages. It’s just going to be me and my dogs and Lucy back at home relaxing and just doing what we want to do.”

Wise words from The Bullet. Bonus points if you can follow suit.

Among the strangest payouts at The Open went to Marcel Siem, the most emotive man in the tournament, who wound up T15 and earned 12,114.4 points on the Challenge Tour rankings, moving from third to second on the season-long list.

Siem was playing his 14th week in a row, desperately chasing status — and enjoying the ride. After holing a birdie putt on No. 18, he let out a yell and a series of fist-pumps, a particularly memorable reaction for a non-winner. It was terrific.

A day later and I'm absolutely in awe of Marcel Siem's 18th-hole celebration at the Open. Greatest T-15 of all time. pic.twitter.com/ywZR1d4xwV

“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…that’s what they pay the money for as well,” he said afterwards.

“I don’t know how much money I made. I didn’t look at the money breakdown. I hope that’s enough to keep my card on the Challenge Tour, and if that’s the case, then I will take my family and, yeah, have a good rest,” he said. Most top-15 finishers at The Open aren’t worried about their Challenge Tour status, but Siem said the key to his good play has included accepting and embracing his current station in the game.

He also earned $143,063 for the week, of course. That’s not a bad haul either.

She sat perched just behind the 4th green, taking in the show all week, the VIP Tent to end all VIP tents, life fully in her grasp.

This woman has it all figured out. pic.twitter.com/XlawOBoNT6

There was an interesting moment in Jordan Spieth‘s post-tournament press conference where he was singing the praises of the tournament champion and then took a stab at his age.

“Is he 21? Is that it? How old is he? I don’t even know,” Spieth said.

Morikawa is, in fact, 24. This is not a shot at Spieth for not knowing. But it is interesting the way we think about golfers and their ages. Morikawa still feels extremely fresh on the scene, but he’s still a college graduate. He didn’t come out early enough to match the prodigy of Rory McIlroy or of Spieth himself. He’s young — but so were those guys.

When McIlroy won the last of his four majors, he was 25 years and 3 months old, about eight months older than Morikawa is now. When Spieth won the last of his three majors, he was four days shy of his 24th birthday. When Justin Thomas won his first and (so far) only major, he was 24, a couple months younger than Morikawa is now.

The point here is not that Morikawa is old. He’s not! Brooks Koepka was 27 before he won his first of four majors. Instead, the point is that when McIlroy, Spieth and Thomas won their most recent majors, it felt like the floodgates were just opening. It’s not always that easy. There’s an instinct to pencil Morikawa in for 10 majors over the course of his career. Instead, for now, let’s appreciate this one.

He’s still quite young, after all.

Monday marks the final day of the summer on which the sun sets after 9 p.m. This is regrettable. The Open Championship is over, indeed.

And thank goodness! The Evian Championship kicks off this week in France after it was canceled last season, which means you can stick to your 5 a.m. golf-watching routine. Coffee! Golf! France! We’re in.

If you, like me, woke up filled with post-Open nostalgia come Monday morning, throw it back to the longtime voice of the Championship, Ivor Robson. For more than four decades, Robson greeted players on the first tee and then introduced them to the world. I’m guessing you can hear his voice in your head now, if I type it:

GolfWorld made a terrific video with Robson after his 2015 retirement that you can watch here:

The AIG Women’s British Open brings us back across the pond in just a matter of weeks — and we’re headed to one of the world’s great championship courses. Because this segment is entitled three things to watch “this week,” the best we’ll do here is Francesco Molinari‘s Open Championship film from 2018:

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The rise of Open champion of Collin Morikawa

Daily Mail 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

As the sun beat down on the 18th fairway at Royal St George's on Sunday, Collin Morikawa was the coolest man in the house.

Just 24-years-old and striding towards his second major and golf's oldest and most coveted prize. The hard graft had been done and the LA-born superstar was able to bask in the moment and the adulation of the Kent crowd.

Oozing composure and confidence on the green, Morikawa very nearly sunk a birdie putt from the outer reaches, before tapping in the par to confirm himself as the Champion Golfer of the Year.

Then came the smile. The wide, toothy grin flashing the pearly whites. It's been seen before, as the youngster stormed to the PGA Championship title in August 2020, albeit with the absence of the masses watching on in person.

This time all eyes were present. And the cheers, and the camera flashes.

Collin Morikawa became the Open champion on his debut appearance in the competition

A seminal moment had fallen upon the golfing world, yet another record broken. Morikawa had become the first player to win two different majors in two debut appearances.

Now, with only the Masters and US Open in his sights for the career clean sweep, serious questions are being asked about how far he can truly go.

Given his current trajectory, Morikawa could well be set to enter Tiger Woods territory. It's almost mythical stuff, but not out of the realms of possibility.

But what about the man himself? What is his story and which things make him tick in life? Sportsmail took a deeper look... 

With a bogey-free round on Sunday he achieved the title of Champion Golfer of the Year

To peer across many sporting disciplines, a common theme of hardship and struggle can often be identified among many superstars.

Youngsters rising up against adversity and doing everything in their power to make it, and achieve a better way of living in the process.

For Morikawa, this was not quite the case.

Brought up by his humble family, a young Collin spent his formative years in a comfortable environment in southern California.

His parents, Blaine and Debbie, are of Japanese-Chinese descent and part-owned a business running a laundry company.

The commercial-laundry empire, near downtown Los Angeles, is still within the family and delivers linens, tablecloths and household items to local restaurants.

Morikawa and his younger brother, Garrett, were well looked after. 

At a young age it quickly became clear Morikawa (right) had a divine gift when it came to swinging a golf club: Pictured with his younger brother Garrett

Speaking to Golf digest earlier in the year, Morikawa outlined: 'We never had to think about money growing up.

'Never had to think about what we were having for dinner. I wasn’t a kid that wanted many things; I never asked for a lot. But if I did need something or I did want something, I was very lucky to have parents who were able to afford stuff like that.'

This middle class setting made for the perfect conditions. Morikawa was able to develop his fascination and infatuation with the endlessly complex game that is golf, and his family were able to nurture and support his efforts.

It wasn't long before it became abundantly clear the youngster had a gift.

Childhood holidays to Hawaii, to visit his fraternal grandparents, would allow Morikawa to experience the sport differently playing at an assortment of course, while also honing his skills back home at the Chevy Chase Country Club, a private nine-hole layout in Glendale.

When Morikawa was just five, his parents convinced the organizers of a junior golf camp at Scholl Canyon to let their son participate, and it quickly became apparent that his golf swing mechanics were far superior than any other infants in his age bracket.

Naturally, golf coaches took a keen interest. From there the snowball effect began, as more and more people wanted to work with Morikawa and the youngster improved exponentially as a result.

Morikawa soon met instructor Rick Sessinghaus and the pair formed a close bond. The raw potential fascinated the PGA teacher, and he soon had the young Californian all over the golf course, hitting balls from a variety of lies in a host of different weather conditions.

Morikawa's rise through the junior ranks was rapid, and it came as no surprise that the offers of sporting scholarships were piling up in his later adolescent years.

With a string of victories in youth events under his belt, Morikawa was a hot commodity.

He would later admit: 'I was able to really look at the entire country and say, OK, this is where I want to go.

'My mom went to USC, so I grew up a Trojan fan. The Pac-12 was always in my blood. I always viewed the Pac-12 as the best.'

After narrowing down his options throughout California state, Morikawa opted for Cal-Berkeley, and wasted little time in stamping his authority as the University's most competent and well rounded golfing star.

Balancing golf with his studies, Morikawa graduated from Berkeley with a business degree

In June 2016 he won the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur with a final-round 62 and a sharp rise into the serious sporting sphere was to begin.

After winning the Trans-Mississippi Amateur he narrowly missed out on scooping the Capital Classic after a tense play-off, but Morikawa was quickly faced with the burning conundrum that almost all frighteningly talented golfers have to deliberate over: remain in the education system or turn professional.

There are pros and cons to each. Tiger Woods famously slipped out of Stanford to take the mantle as golf's leading light, but Morikawa opted to continue diligently with his studies.

He explained to Golf Digest: 'People have said I’ve been very mature and, yes, I probably could have lived on my own. 

'But I didn’t go to a school like Cal to play one year, have some good results and leave. Just wasn’t my mind-set.'

As a result, he majored in business and received a prestigious degree from the university which he collected in front of his teary and emotional family members.

Balancing his studies with long, labouring hours on the driving range, Morikawa was able to juggle the two and became Cal's first four-time All-American as a result; a status awarded to a top performing sporting scholar who exceeds the national average, standing way above all their peers.

Morikawa was handed this on each of his four years at Cal-Berkeley, with the establishment later enthusing that he had left an 'incredible legacy' behind.

Graduation meant only one thing - the PGA tour beckoned.

In a down-to-earth interview with Berkeley's inhouse college media, Morikawa spoke brightly about how his business degree would help him understand the intrinsic components of his future - of how to manage his own personal brand as an up and coming golfer and stay abreast of all commercial developments while handling his own affairs.

He was more than ready, and the golfing world knew it was to soon be receiving a star. Morikawa, though, was still yet to serve up more surprises.

Many players ease themselves into the big time. Not Morikawa.

The youngster graduated with his peers Matt Wolff and Victor Hovland, who each has also been making huge waves in the amateur ranks.

Hovland had been the top performing amateur at Augusta in 2019, when Tiger Woods shocked the world by winning the Masters and returning to the top table.

Seeing his friend Hovland sat in Butler Cabin alongside Woods, Morikawa's determination to hit the big time heightened.

Morikawa's girlfriend of four years, Katherine Zhuu, is a fellow golf lover and food enthusiast

Life was good for the Californian. Sponsorship requests were flooding in and his golf game was in great flow. The foundations to really go and challenge the big boys were very much in place.

Morikawa also had a stable base to lean upon, with his long-term girlfriend Katherine Zhuu by his side. Matters were helped greatly by the fact she also happened to be golf obsessed.

Morikawa first met Zhu, a player on the Pepperdine women’s golf team, during his early years at University.

As their relationship grew, Morikawa was quick to point to her influence and presence as the reason why he started to win events more frequently and with greater ease.

'Out on tour, it’s a very lonely life,' Morikawa told reporters after clinching a win in 2019. 

'Everyone will tell you, at parts of their career, they’ve been lonely. Having her travel with me, we’ve been able to explore new cities, have good dinners. 

'I’ve just been able to relax, not to stress about the next day so much.'

The young couple enjoy the simple things in life, and take great enjoyment from fostering rescue dogs before allowing them to be re-homed.

One only has to take a glance through either of the couple's social media feeds, to see an array of fluffy friends who seem to reciprocate the affections. 

A self-confessed lover of food, Morikawa has breakfast items stamped into his wedges

The home comforts have helped Morikawa greatly. They are what make him an everyday guy, and he takes little reminders out onto the golf course with him every day.

For instance, the self-confessed 'huge foodie' has each of his Titleist wedges inscribed with different breakfast items, from fried foods to cereals.

It's a cute touch, and one which he again attributes back to his partner.

When asked about the stamped clubs, a sheepish Morikawa explained to the PGA Tour: 'So my girlfriend, we love breakfast and we’ve got a little nicknames for each other. 

'I won’t tell you which one [is mine]… but I’ll tell you her [nickname]; hers is “bacon.” But yeah, we love breakfast. We’re huge foodies. We love going out – and I think that’s what’s great about the PGA TOUR is you get to travel to so many great places and find some really good food. 

'It just happened to be that we wanted to put some breakfast [items on the wedges] and we got some good combinations on there. 

'We forgot some cereal names; I think that might be on a new wedge. But yeah, we do love our food and we definitely can’t get enough.'

Reading the likes of 'bacon' or 'sourdough toast' may be enough of a trigger to give many a golfer the hunger pangs out on the course, but Morikawa's appetite when inside the ropes is that only for major honours.

Morikawa and his partner enjoy fostering shelter dogs and helping them to be re-homed

And, in August 2020 amid a global pandemic, this long-standing aim would become a reality.

TPC Harding Park in San Francisco played host to a remarkable battle between Morikawa and world No.1 Dustin Johnson in the PGA Championship.

The fresh-faced youngster was taking on the bearded master, and would come out on top in the most dramatic of circumstances. 

Finishing with a final round six under par, Morikawa collected his first major and lifted the Wanamaker trophy aloft with an overall score card of -13 and a two-stroke victory.

Without the roars and whistles of a live audience, Morikawa was still able to contain his nerves and produce a quite stunning eagle on the par 4 16th by driving the green and sinking a distance putt, breaking in both directions.

It signified something special. And, many fans posited, surely another major would follow soon. 

The two-time major winner also has canine club covers to reflect his passion for animals

And so to Sandwich, on the leafy Kent coastline.

If anybody ever needs to know about the flexibility and overall competence of Morikawa's game, they need only refer back to this competition.

On a notoriously difficult links course, Morikawa rode with the waves of good old fashioned British golf and tamed the rolling dunes, heavy gorse and sun-baked fairways of Royal St George's.

Previous major winners Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau had already complained about the venue aplenty, but Morikawa quickly cut through the noise and zoned in on the task at hand.

Tracking down Oosthuizen with a vengeance, Morikawa soon changed the narrative that the South African was about to win his second Open championship, 11 years to the exact day of his first.

Morikawa stared lovingly at the famous Claret Jug after winning golf's oldest major event

While the resurgent Jordan Spieth was also firmly knocking on the door, Morikawa provided a masterclass workshop in terrifyingly consistent golf.

Decision-making on the tee; flawless. Iron play; flawless. Short game; flawless. Putting - often regarded as the most vulnerable element of his game - likewise flawless, despite the best efforts of some ferociously fast greens.

As he did last August, Morikawa was able to place himself above the situation and play calm, almost effortless golf.

Except it was anything but effortless. It was a culmination of years of dedication and hard work, striving forward to break another record and win two different major championship events on his first outing.

He is only the second player to win the Open and the PGA Championship before the age of 25, behind Woods. Likewise, the youngest to win the Open from a trailing position in the final round since the iconic Seve Ballesteros in 1979.

The stats are endless. He is only the 10th player ever to win the Open on their maiden appearance, and the first for 18 years. When it is considered that golf's oldest tournament was founded in 1860, it becomes all the more impressive.

The golf world is now the youngster's oyster: Picture lifting the Wanamaker trophy with his partner after winning the 2020 US PGA Championship in dramatic style

Will more majors follow? It would take a brave betting individual to place their stakes against it.

Indeed, the world of golf is Morikawa's oyster right now. Perhaps that could be the next gourmet food item he stamps on his clubs to celebrate, who knows?

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5 things you may not know about Open winner Collin Morikawa

Yahoo Eurosport UK 18 July, 2021 - 01:34pm

Here, the PA news agency looks at five things you may not know about golf’s rising star.

Lifting the Claret Jug did not look on the cards when Morikawa made his professional debut on European soil with a tie for 71st in the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club. But after changing three of his irons and switching to a different grip for long putts at Royal St George’s, the 24-year-old played superbly on the Kent coast to hold off Jordan Spieth “I wouldn’t be here if I had not played last week,” he said. “Just having fescue fairways where the ball sits differently was huge to see. I changed some of my irons strictly because I couldn’t find the centre of the clubface.”

Morikawa is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his bag for the 2020 US PGA was made in the colours of rival team the San Francisco Giants “As far as the golf bag, my caddie, JJ (Jakovac) is a big Giants fan, so it is immediately going to him after the tournament ends,” Morikawa said. “It will not be staying in my house, I guarantee you that.”

Poland had sent 23 swimmers to Japan but the PZP was forced to cut the squad down to 17 based on world governing body FINA's qualifying rules. PZP President Pawel Slominski apologised and said he fully understood the anger of the swimmers who returned home over the weekend.

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Boxall, one of three overage players in the squad, remains in the United States after sustaining a thigh injury with his club Minnesota United, but Hay is hoping the 32-year-old can travel to Japan to link up with the squad. "We're giving him as long as possible, and if that means we get him for the last group game then fantastic, it would be like bringing in a new signing," Hay was quoted as saying by New Zealand website Stuff.

The first major test of how an Olympics can be held in the midst of a pandemic may well come this week in the men's soccer tournament when Japan face a South Africa side that could struggle to field 11 players due to the novel coronavirus. South Africa's squad was severely depleted by COVID-19 infections and withdrawals before they left for the Games and was then hit with the news that two players and a video analyst had tested positive on arrival in Tokyo. Organisers said late on Monday that 21 members of the delegation were close contacts, leaving South Africa walking a tightrope ahead of Thursday's match against the hosts.

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The Dutchman won the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford.

The so-called bubble to control COVID-19 infections at the Olympic Athlete's Village in Tokyo is already "broken" and poses a risk of spreading infections to the general populace, a prominent public health expert said on Tuesday. Games officials on Sunday reported the first COVID-19 case among competitors in the athletes' village in Tokyo where 11,000 athletes are expected to stay. Since July 2, Tokyo 2020 organisers have reported 58 positive cases among athletes, officials and journalists.

Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles said the gymnast she most wants to beat in Tokyo is herself and that she is excited about trying things in the sport that were once "unimaginable". The 24-year-old has won a record 25 world championship medals, 19 of which are gold, and has won every all-around competition she has contested since 2013. She also won four gold medals, and a bronze, at the Rio Games and is fully expected to add to that tally in Tokyo.

TOKYO (Reuters) -International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday the Tokyo Games would send a powerful message of "peace and solidarity", even as more athletes tested positive for the coronavirus that is overshadowing the sports event. The Games, postponed last year because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, open on Friday but will be without spectators after Japan's decision earlier this month to leave venues empty to minimise the risk of infections. Two members of Mexico's Olympic baseball team tested positive for COVID-19 at the team hotel before their departure for the Tokyo Olympics, the country's baseball federation said.

Action at the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to start on Wednesday as Japan meet Australia in softball with each team holding vastly different stakes in the sport's return to the Games. With the Olympics getting underway a year late because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hosts Japan will throw the first pitch at 0000 GMT in Fukushima. It will be an unusual scene for Japanese players, who hail from a domestic professional league that involves cheerleaders, bands and busloads of employees from corporate sponsors.

Alex Carey will captain Australia in the first one-day match against West Indies in Barbados later on Tuesday after regular skipper Aaron Finch aggravated a knee injury during last week's fifth T20 in St Lucia, the team said. Wicketkeeper-batsman Carey takes over the captaincy in the absence of regular vice-captain Pat Cummins who is sitting out the Caribbean tour. "I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers," said Carey, who has previously captained Australia A, Big Bash League team Adelaide Strikers and Sheffield Shield side South Australia.

Wales’ first female boxer to compete at the Olympics had success in football and kickboxing before switching to boxing.

The third seed, who won this tournament in 2015 and 2016, claimed five legs in a row en route to a 10-7 triumph.

The 26-year-old will be chasing gold in both the men's road race and individual time trial but his first priority was recovery, he told Belgian television reporters on arrival. Van Aert was the winner on the Champs Elysees on Sunday after earlier sending out a strong message about his prowess for the Olympic time trial gold when he won Saturday's 20th stage, a 30.8-km individual time trial from Libourne to Saint-Emillion. Thereafter followed a dash to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport to fly to Japan, along with team mate Greg Van Avermaet, who was the road race gold medallist in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.

A Premier League footballer has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences and suspended by his club, it was revealed on Monday night. The player, who Telegraph Sport cannot name for legal reasons, was arrested last week by Greater Manchester Police and was released on bail pending further enquiries. The Sun reported on Monday night that police had raided the player’s home earlier this month. In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers arrested a 31-year-old man on Friday 16

Great Britain’s track cyclists are in Newport for 12 days of training before heading out to Japan on Friday.

Rehabilitated Callum McGregor handed Celtic captain’s armbandThe Scotland midfielder’s future with the club was once in doubt, but manager Ange Postecoglou has made him the team leader Callum McGregor, seen here during a Celtic training session in Newport, was called ‘a natural leader’ by Ange Postecoglou. Photograph: Craig Foy/SNS Group

Tottenham set to sign Atalanta keeper Pierluigi Gollini on initial loan

Boris Johnson said a full vaccine passport will be required for entry to “venues where large crowds gather” from the end of September.

The organization said in a statement the decision to leave without the 26-year-old LaVine was made "out of an abundance of caution" and that they hope he will be able to join the team in Tokyo later this week. LaVine had a strong camp ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and in four exhibition games he was third on the team with an average of 43 points per game.

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