The 15-time major golf champion says he would 'like to play in the Olympics'

Fresh off his win at the 2019 Masters, Tiger Woods has a new goal in mind: playing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"Would I like to play in the Olympics? Yes," - Woods told reporters before the start of the PGA Championships.

In order to achieve that, former world number one Woods will need to maintain his position among the top 15 golfers in the world come June 2020, and be at least the fourth best American.

He's currently sixth overall and fourth among the Americans, behind Dustin Johnson in first, Brooks Koepka in third, and Justin Thomas, fifth.

Outside the top 15, each country is only allowed two entries into golf's Olympic tournament.

Last chance?

"I've never played in the Olympics and I'm sure that I won't have many more opportunities going forward,'' Woods added on Tuesday. "That would be a first for me and something that I would certainly welcome if I was part of the team.''

Figuring out a schedule that will get him to Tokyo could be tricky, Woods acknowledged.

"How many events do I play, do I add a couple more to get in? These are all questions that will be answered going forward,” said the 43-year-old.

“I just know that if I play well in the big events like I did this year, things will take care of themselves.'' - Tiger Woods

Woods isn’t the only top-tier golfer eyeing next year’s Olympics.

Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, currently fourth in the 2020 Olympic golf qualification rankings, also expressed his interest ahead of this week’s PGA Championships.

"I think as a young boy it was always my dream to play for Ireland,” said the four-time major champion. I wanted to play for Ireland. I was very proud to put on that shirt or that blazer.

“More likely than not I will play,” said McIlroy. “I think it would be a great experience."

Gold returned to the Olympic programme for Rio 2016, where the men's gold medal was won by Justin Rose of England, and South Korea's Inbee Park took the women's individual title. Watch highlights of both those events here:

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