Golf: Kiwi Ryan Fox insists Tokyo Olympics could be major boost for golf

Like many sportsman Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox faces uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic forces the postponement or cancellation of this year's four golf majors and European tour events.

But with the Olympics now set for July 2021, Fox is motivated more than ever to qualify.

"Last year I did 75 flights around the world," Fox told Newshub.

"But this will be the longest time I've spent in NZ in over 10 years, so I guess there's a little bit of a silver lining there."

Fox has played in 20 countries over the past two years, earning his maiden European tour victory in 2019 at the World Super 6 in Perth

But with COVID-19 travel restrictions the future of the European tour is unknown, while the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics hasn't hurt the 33-year-old's chances of qualifying.

"I am going to be still be in a good position but there might be a year or so for people to try and qualify and a bit of competition is certainly good in that regard it certainly gives me a chance to push higher in the rankings," he told Newshub.

New Zealand had three representatives at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lydia Ko won a silver medal and while Fox and Danny Lee finished outside the top 10, Fox values the experience and believes golf itself will benefit from the Tokyo Olympics

"You look at Japan, I think it's the second biggest market for golf in the world behind the USA," he told Newshub.

"Hopefully Tokyo is the turning point for golf in the Olympics and become a really big part of golf and an addition to the four majors we've already got."

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