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Friday, October 23, 2009

Golf In The Olympics

It was more than 112 years ago that golf was played in the Olympics. The game was played at the 1900 and the 1904 Olympic Games but then was voted out of the Olympics by the supporting membership. Things are changing, though. On Thursday, August 13th, the official committee voted to include golf, along with Rugby Union in the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games.

The ruling is not completely official yet. The International Olympic Committee must make a full vote and that will not happen until the October meeting scheduled to be held in Copenhagen.

How does golf get played in the Olympics? The currently proposed situation involves two, 72 hole tournaments. One will be for men, one for women. There will be 60 competitors in each of the events. To get there, the top 15 players in the world will automatically be qualified to enter the Olympics. From there, competitions will seek out the other players. And, to accommodate the events, the major golf schedules will be changed to meet the needs of the Olympics, to ensure all of the world's top players are available to play.

Whether they do play or not is up to the players. There is already talk about who will qualify and some players have weighed in on their likely decisions with many saying that they will wait and see. Tiger Woods commented that he would likely play, if he had not retired by that time. He will be in his early 40's at the time of the Olympic Games. It is doubtful that the Olympics would include a hole in one prize as a component of the competition but we at Foresite Sports are keeping our fingers crossed!