Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Tim Good0
Looking Forward – Golf in the 2016 Olympics
As our nation is right in the middle of Olympic Fever and all eyes are on London and the athletes giving it everything they’ve got in going for the gold, my mind can’t help but wander. I find myself thinking about the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro and the thought that golf will be a part of the games for the first time since 1904. When those games were held in St. Louis, the only two countries who competed were the United States and Canada.
This time around, in a true sign of the globalization of the game, more than 30 countries are expected to participate. The proposed competition is one that any golfer is familiar with and is a true test to find the ‘best in the world.’ A 72-hole stroke play competition, conducted over four rounds with the low score winning the gold medal.
Personally I’m looking forward to it, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the qualifying is determined.
As of now the qualifying format has yet to be determined, nor is it known whether there will be a cut during the 72-hole tournament.
There will also be some planning logistics that will have to be worked out, in regards to the various pro tours and their schedules.
The bottom line however is that golf will be an Olympic sport, and droves of people across the world will be watching with passion. Count me in.
(Pictured Left, George Lyon 1904 Olympic Gold Medalist in Golf, the ONLY Olympic games to host golf)
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