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Who is in the USA golf team at the Tokyo Olympics 2021?
After a hiatus of over 100 years, golf was reintroduced as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Rio Games and will be played once again at Tokyo 20202.
The USA Olympic golf team suffered a setback over the weekend with the news that world number six Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for covid-19 before his departure for the Tokyo Olympics and will be replaced in the United States men's golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf said on Sunday.
Reed will join the team in Japan after the completion of the required testing protocols, with the first round of the competition to begin on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
"I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement.
"Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour to make this team.
"I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so."
Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters, completes a stong squad for the United States that also features recently crowned British Open champion Collin Morikawa as well as 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
"I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo," said Reed.
"I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country."
Women's Team USA golf at Tokyo 2020
Four players will represent the US at both men's and women's golf competitions in Japan. Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda are the four players that compose Team USA in the women’s competition.
The 22-year-old Korda is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest world gold rankings and is hotly tipped for medal success at Tokyo. The American will face fierce competition however from the South Korean pair of Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim.