Fore! (Or maybe five.)
That’s because it’s been five years waiting for golfers to return to Olympic competition after the delay from 2020, with the sport being played in the Olympics for the first time in 100 years during the Rio games in 2016.
The wait is over: The 2021 Olympic men’s golf tournament tees off Wednesday night from Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan, with a field of 60 golfers from around the globe vying for Olympic gold in a 72-hole tournament over four days. The women’s tournament takes place the following week.
There are more than a few exciting trios on the course for the men’s side: Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Sungjae Im tee off later tonight, with Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry following them shortly afterwards. Medal favorites Jon Rahm (Spain) and Bryson DeChambeau (USA) were forced to pull out of the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 in Tokyo.
On the women’s side, American Nelly Korda is the favorite to win gold followed by Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park from the Republic of Korea.
Here’s everything to know about the 2021 Olympic golf tournaments, including a full TV schedule and tee times for both the men and women.
How to watch golf at the Olympics
- TV channel: Golf Channel
- Live streams: NBCOlympics.com, fuboTV
Golf Channel, part of the NBC family of networks, will be live with all four rounds of the men’s tournament starting on Thursday night.
NBCOlympics.com (cable subscription required) will also stream live events throughout the Olympics. FuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial, will also carry a majority of the Olympic games.
Olympic golf schedule
The Olympic men’s golf tournament started Wednesday, July 28 following a 72-hole stroke play format. It ends Saturday, July 31.
|Round||Date||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|1||Wed., July 28||6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Golf Channel|
|2||Thu., July 29||6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Golf Channel|
|3||Fri., July 30||6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Golf Channel|
|4||Sat., July 31||6:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.||Golf Channel|
The Olympic women’s golf tournament starts Tuesday, Aug. 3 and follows the same format as the men’s side. It ends Friday, Aug. 6.
|Round||Date||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|1||Tue., Aug. 3||6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Golf Channel|
|2||Wed., Aug. 4||6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Golf Channel|
|3||Thu., Aug. 5||6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Golf Channel|
|4||Fri., Aug. 6||6:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.||Golf Channel|
Olympic golf tee times 2021
Here are the complete Round 2 tee times for the men’s Olympic golf tournament on Thursday.
|6:30 p.m.||Rory Sabbatini, Mito Pereira, Renato Paratore|
|6:41 p.m.||Jhonattan Vegas, Thomas Detry, Kalle Samooja|
|6:52 p.m.||Mackenzie Hughes, Alex Noren, Jazz Janewattananond|
|7:03 p.m.||Rasmus Hojgaard, Romain Langasque, Si Woo Kim|
|7:14 p.m.||Viktor Hovland, Cameron Smith, Garrick Higgo|
|7:25 p.m.||Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, Sungjae Im|
|7:41 p.m.||Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry|
|7:52 p.m.||Rafael Campos, Maximilian Kieffer, Ashun Wu|
|8:03 p.m.||Fabrizio Zanotti, Juvic Pagunsan, Scott Vincent|
|8:14 p.m.||Udayan Mane, Ondrej Lieser, Jorge Campillo|
|8:25 p.m.||Rikuya Hoshino, Thomas Pieters, Sepp Straka|
|8:36 p.m.||Adri Arnaus, Sami Valimaki, Matthias Schwab|
|8:47 p.m.||Sebastián Muñoz, Henrik Norlander, Joachim B Hansen|
|9:03 p.m.||Carlos Ortiz, Antoine Rozner, Guido Migliozzi|
|9:14 p.m.||Xander Schauffele, Abraham Ancer, Christiaan Bezuidenhout|
|9:25 p.m.||Justin Thomas, Joaquin Niemann, Paul Casey|
|9:36 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Corey Conners|
|9:47 p.m.||C.T. Pan, Ryan Fox, Anirban Lahiri|
|9:58 p.m.||Hurly Long, Carl Yuan, Gavin Kyle Green|
|10:09 p.m.||Kristian K. Johannessen, Adrian Meronk, Gunn Charoenkul|
While the women’s field has been finalized, the trios for this year’s women’s tournament will be announced in the coming days.