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.
- Todd Marsh: Will Golf Medal in the Olympics?
- Jeremy White: The Olympics Are a Circus
- Pete Flanigan: Flaming the Olympics
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!