Tokyo Olympics 2020: Tiger Woods sets sights on gold in Japan

American golfer Tiger Woods.
American golfer Tiger Woods. Photo credit: Getty

Golfing great Tiger Woods is targeting the Tokyo Olympics as he seeks to add another glittering chapter to his storied career.

Golf returned to the Games in 2016 after a 112-year absence but Woods missed its return through injury.

"Making the Olympic team is a big goal," the 15-times major winner told Reuters. "I don't see myself having too many opportunities other than next year.

"Four years from now, at the next Olympic Games, I'll be 48 years old."

"To be one of the top Americans at that age is going to be tough," he added.

"I went to my first Olympic Games when it was in Los Angeles (in 1984) so to have the opportunity to be a part of the Olympics is an important aspect for us and the growth of the game.

"The game has become so global, and so reaching, that I think the Olympic Games is a great extension of that, and I'd like to be a part of it."

The top 15 players in the world rankings qualify for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from each country.

Woods is currently ninth in the world but is the sixth highest-ranked American.

Woods will get a taste of golf-crazy Japan when he competes in 'The Challenge: Japan Skins' on October 21. 

Woods will take part in a high-stakes challenge at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba alongside Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama.

The extravaganza, which will in part be floodlit, is being televised globally by GOLFTV and will be played under the 'skins' format.

The format, designed to encourage aggressive play from start to finish, forces players to win a hole outright to take a "skin", with tied holes resulting in a "push" of the skin to the next hole.