#GolfChat and The Olympics

Where does golf fit into the picture.  In a previous post, Golf – an Olympic Sport, I mentioned that the 2016 Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The planning for the return of golf was in the works for years, but not that it is here, there seems to a question of whether its return will be well received. With many of the worlds best male golfers opting out of the Olympics this year, it is difficult to determine if golf needed the Olympics or the other way around.

I will remind everyone that reigning Olympic Gold Medalist is Canadian George Lyon. Limited to two countries back in 1904 (Canada and the USA) Rio organizers hope for at least 30 countries to be represented in both the men’s and women’s competitions, from all continents. The organizers have already exceeded that goal with 41 countries vying for gold in golf.

I really do not have an opinion whether golf is good for the Olympics or vice versa, however some of my fellow #GOLFCHAT authors have put pen to paper and I thought I would share their views. 

There seems to be a growing consensus between these three authors, yet I think it is important that you make up your own mind.

I think golf is good for the Olympics. After returning to the most famous world event after 112 years, I think the Olympics will benefit from having world-class players tee it up at Rio. Besides, as reigning Olympic it will be great to bring the gold back to Canada!

What do you think? Does the Olympics need golf or does golf need the Olympics?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “#GolfChat and The Olympics

  1. Jim,

    Now that the Olympics have started, I’m into them. I will probably watch the golf and root on our Canadian boys. Whether golf should be in the Olympics or not, it would be cool to be an Olympian and win a gold medal.

    Cheers
    Josh

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  2. Aloha Jim,

    I just can’t get excited about golf in the Olympics for some reason. It might not be a good fit. The best golfers in the world already compete against each other on a regular basis.

    A Hui Hou,
    Wayne

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  3. Jim,

    My views are well known on this. I hoped it would be an amateur event only but it’s not. The IOC doesn’t get it, and that’s evidenced by their re-instituting of baseball in the 2020 games. I will be pulling hard for the USA to win everything at Rio in the “sports that matter” as Rory McIlroy puts it. I won’t be watching Olympic golf and don’t really care who wins. But good luck to your Canadian guys, they certainly have a capable team!

    Regards,

    Brian

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