The young R. Hoshino dreamed of one day representing Japan in the Olympics and possibly winning a medal.
The 25-year-old will finally get to experience his lifelong ambition this Thursday, when the men’s golf competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 begins at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
R. Hoshino Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Five-Time Champion
R. Hoshino, a five-time champion on the Japan Golf Tour, was placed in the first group of the day alongside Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Sepp Straka of Austria, and so was given the honour of striking the opening tee shot at 7.30am.
In a news conference with countryman Hideki Matsuyama on Tuesday, he remarked, “The fairway on the first hole is quite small, so I’m definitely going to be concerned about that, but I want to really focus on trying to hit the fairway and have a solid start.”
While Matsuyama, who won the Masters Tournament in April, has received much of the attention building up to the men’s golf competition, R. Hoshino is excited to represent Japan and compete for a podium finish.
R. Hoshino Expressed his Joy About Competing in the Olympics
Since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to compete on the Olympic stage. And ever since golf was included in the Olympics in the most recent iteration, I’ve wanted to take part. R. Hoshino expressed his joy about competing in the Olympics in his native country of Japan.
The skinny star on the home team is optimistic that he will have a good week. He has two domestic victories and a T-26 at the U.S. Open this season. In June, he had his best major tournament result in four tries, giving him confidence that he can compete with the best players in the world.
“It’s going to be an entirely new kind of anxiety, but I’m going to do everything in my power to bring home a medal,” he added. In the United States, Having broken the ice, I was able to advance to the next round. So, I realised I could do well on the big stage, and that boosted my self-assurance.
R. Hoshino and Matsuyama seek to create their own Olympic moment at Kasumigaseki’s East course, following in the footsteps of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito, who made history for Japan on Monday by producing an amazing comeback to give the nation its first-ever table tennis Olympic gold medal.