Everything you need to know about Olympic Golf at Tokyo 2020 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot on the 18th hole during the Women's Golf Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot on the 18th hole during the Women's Golf Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Who are the top golfers? When and where will Olympic golf take place at the Games in 2021? What is the history of golf at the Olympics? Find out here.

Golf is one of 33 sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, taking place in 2021.

Who are the athletes to watch? When will the competition take place and where will it be held?

Well, look no further. Here is a guide to the things you need to know about Olympic Golf.

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Top Olympic golfers at Tokyo 2020

Two nations dominate the world of golf in the lead-up to the Olympics in 2021 - the United States for men and the Republic of Korea for women.

With a maximum of four players per country teeing it up in Tokyo, the race for places is intense, to say the least.

More than half of the men's top 20 players are American, with only long-time world number one and 2020 Masters winner Dustin Johnson assured of qualification.

Johnson had previously ruled himself out of Tokyo 2020 to focus on his PGA Tour commitments, but the postponement of the Games by a year to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic has seen him reconsider.

Despite being unable to practise and feeling below-par due to testing positive for COVID following his second place at the US Open, Johnson returned with a second-place at the Houston Open before claiming his first Green Jacket at Augusta by five strokes.

While two majors is a slightly disappointing return for a player of his undoubted quality, the Florida-based star has no fear of any course and seems to be in contention wherever he plays.

Justin Thomas looks almost certain to join Johnson due to his high points average which leaves just two more spots up for grabs.

Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau are all in the mix.

Brooks Koepka, with four major triumphs in the past four years, will need some strong performances to overcome the others and make the flight.

Defending Olympic champion Justin Rose has declared his desire to compete in Tokyo, but he'll need a good start to 2021 to ensure selection for the Great Britain team.

The top non-American in the world rankings at the start of the year was Spain's Jon Rahm.

One of the longest hitters in the game, the Basque golfer won two PGA Tour events in 2020 including victory over Johnson in a playoff at August's BMW Championship thanks to an outrageous monster birdie putt.

Justin Rose gives Olympic history first hole in one

Great Britain's Rose gives Olympic history its first hole-in-one on day one of golf at Rio 2016.

Koreans account for around half of the top 20 in the women's world rankings, including the top three: KO Jin-young, followed by reigning Olympic champion INBEE Park and KIM Sei-young.

After spending most of the year at home in the Republic of Korea, Ko showed just why she is the world's top player with victory in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship after finishing tied for second behind KIM A-lim in Houston.

Ko, 25, had her breakout season in 2019 as she claimed her first LPGA Tour wins in North America and secured two major titles, the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship.

Park wins women's golfing gold

Korea's Inbee Park wins gold in the women's individual stroke play final in Rio 2016.

KIM Sei-young also looks to have booked her place in Tokyo after a stellar 2020 in which she shed her tag of 'best player without a major title' at the Women's PGA Championship in suburban Philadelphia.

Like a certain Tiger Woods, she insists on wearing red for the final round, although in her case it's the bottom half rather than the top.

The sport's newest major winner, Kim, is unlikely to feature in Tokyo as her U.S. Women's Open win came on her LPGA Tour debut in December.

Koreans won three of 2020's four majors - after the Evian Championship was cancelled - with Germany's Sophia Popov a shock winner of the Women's British Open.

Popov, who told LPGA.com that she had struggled with the tick-borne Lyme Disease for several years, is almost certain to appear in Tokyo with Rio 2016 Olympian Caroline Masson also likely to make the 60-strong field.

Outside of Korea, the United States is the strongest nation in women's golf with Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang the highest non-Koreans in the world rankings.

Korda is the daughter of former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda.

Aged 22, she reached number two in the world thanks to consistently strong performances in 2020 before a back injury forced her to pull out during round one of October's Women's PGA Championship. Her elder sister Jessica is also knocking on the door of the world's top 20.

Their younger brother Sebastian is on the brink of breaking into tennis's top 100 and has an outside shot of making Tokyo himself.

Olympic golf schedule at Tokyo 2020

The golf events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021 take place from 29 July to 7 August. The men's event is 29 July to 1 August, with the women's competition 4-7 August.

Check here the complete schedule and all times are in Japan Standard Time (JST).

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Olympic Golf competition format at Tokyo 2020

The men's and women's golf tournaments at Tokyo 2020 are both 72-hole individual stroke play events taking place over four rounds on four consecutive days.

There are 60 players in each competition with no halfway elimination or cut.

For the last two rounds, the players go out in scoreboard order with the leaders teeing off in the final group.

If players in medal places are tied after 72 holes, a three-hole playoff will decide the medallists before potentially sudden death.

Olympic golf venue at Tokyo 2020

Golf at Tokyo 2020 will be held on the East Course of the Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private club in Saitama 50km north-west of Tokyo.

It was founded in 1929 and hosted the Golf World Cup (then called the Canada Cup) in 1957, the first time Japan had staged the event.

The East Course was redesigned and lengthened in 2016 to present a greater test to the best golfers in the world.

By the Olympic channel.