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Golf in 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Posted on: October 9, 2009

Olympic Rings

Olympic Rings

It is official. After over eighteen months of heavy lobbying, the International Olympic Committee ruled in favor of golf to become an official sport of the Olympics and will start with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Golf has been missing from the Olympics for almost a hundred years. This absence has certainly created a void. This new opportunity presents a chance for the world to see golf as a sport for Olympians and the exposure would be second to none. Throughout the world, there is a view that golf is only for the elite. The International Golf Federation is trying to eradicate that notion and create the ideal that it is a sport for everyone. The world’s best players expressed tremendous support and have set goals of winning the Olympic Gold for their respective nations. The proposed format for the Olympic Games would be a 72-hole format for both men and women. After clearing the first hurdle, the world golf leaders are now working on finding a suitable venue to host the Games. Brazil only has 100 golf courses and none are close to championship caliber. The PGA Tour is working on creating a TPC (Tournament Players Club) Resort Course near Rio that would be a tour level course. I expect good things to come of this historical day for golf.

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