Olympics-Golf-Mexican Ortiz rejects course hotels for distant Olympic Village

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 2 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 30, 2021. Carlos Ortiz of Mexico in action. REUTERS / Toby Melville

KAWAGOE, Japan (Reuters) – Mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz has felt right at home on the Kasumigaseki Country Club course and is just one of the firsts at Tokyo 2020 – but unlike his fellow golfers, he’s heading to the work from the Olympic Village.

Most stay in hotels near the course, outside of Tokyo.

But Ortiz prefers the communal vibe of the village about 60 km (37 miles), where he gets up early to prepare for his 75-minute commute.

He shares a room with boxer Rogelio Romero Torres.

“I don’t think he has a clue about golf,” Ortiz said. “He’s fighting tonight so I hope he wins, but maybe less excited than last time not to wake everyone up.”

When asked if the village’s strict COVID-19 restrictions had caused any problems, he replied, “Everyone wears masks all the time… I feel safe.”

Ortiz shot a 67 on Friday to drop to ten under par, leaving him one shot behind American Xander Sc Chaudele when the second round was put on hold due to bad weather.

(edited by John Stonestreet)

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