By Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A Japanese nonprofit group has demanded the golf tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be shifted from the Kasumigaseki Country Club which does not accept women as full members. The Japan Golf Council, unaffiliated with the sport's domestic governing body, the Japan Golf Association -- said on Tuesday that it had sent a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach proposing an alternative venue. The membership policy "is quite contrary to the spirit of the Olympic Games," said Eiko Ohya, chairwoman of the council.
Tiger Woods looked very comfortable in a black pullover with the distinctive swoosh, seated behind a microphone in front of an overflow crowd of media and guests at Riviera Country Club. He was there on this rainy and cold Monday morning to push the Genesis Open, a tournament run by his company and benefiting his charity. It’s been a quarter century since we’ve seen Tiger Woods play in the tournament more recognizable as the L.A. Open. “I’ve always loved playing Riv,” Woods said. “I just never played it well. It’s the only reason” he didn’t play here for so long. The ease with which Woods answered questions about everything from a golf club he found in the Bahamas to the state of President Trump’s
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