Former world number one Rory McIlroy will represent Ireland at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and not the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.
McIlroy, ranked second, is one of the favourites to qualify. The top 15 ranked players when the qualification period ends in June 2020 automatically qualify, with a maximum of four per country, in a field that will include 60 golfers.
"I'm excited to play the Olympics and call myself an Olympian," McIlroy told the Golf Channel ahead of this week's Zozo Championship in Tokyo.
"Coming to such a golf-crazy country like Japan helps. It's a really good atmosphere and just being here this week and seeing the enthusiasm of the fans makes me look forward to coming back next year and playing the Olympics."
McIlroy opted out of the 2016 Rio Olympics when golf made its much-awaited return to the programme due to concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus.