Olympic Preview: Golf In The Rio Olympics

Everything you need to know about golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.

Released on 8/2/2016

Credits

Director of Photography: Christian Iooss

Transcript

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So golf in the Olympics will take place
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over two weeks.
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The men will play from the 11th to the 14th
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of August.
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And the women will play from the 17th to the 20th
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of August.
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Separate weeks on the same golf course.
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So the format of the Olympic tournament
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basically think a WGC event.
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There's no cut, it's 72 holes of stroke play.
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Some people ask, isn't this boring, you know,
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we have a new event, why not do something different?
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Have partners, have alternate shot, have long drive,
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something to make this the Olympics.
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And the answer to that question really is,
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this tournament isn't for the hardcore golf fan.
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This is to, you know, present golf to the rest
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of the world.
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And so, why not showcase anything other than your
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true proven championship format?
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On the men's side, Roy McAvoy's dropped out,
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Jordan Spieth dropped out, Jason Day's dropped out.
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You still have some marquee value though.
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You've got--
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Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler,
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Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed are all playing
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got the Americans.
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Next up, England, who has Justin Rose, a master's
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champion Danny Willett.
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Another strong team would be Spain.
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They have Sergio Garia and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
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The qualifying period, it goes based on world rankings.
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So, if you have players that are injured or have
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been injured or struggling recently, like Tiger Woods
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for example, you don't get sort of an entry bonus
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for being an all-time great.
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It's totally based on what you've been doing,
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really in the last 12 months and to a lesser extent,
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the last 24 months.
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Those guys who are all in the top 100 of the world
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ranking, it's a high-level play.
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You know, yeah, it's not name recognition.
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It's not Tiger, but I mean, we don't know who
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the bi-athlete's are either.
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We don't know who most of these guys are.
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You know, the 400-meter champion.
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We probably don't know much about him.
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And then we find out about him during the Olympics
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and that actually, you know, that storytelling
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as television always calls it is really what draws
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the audience in.
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You can have storytelling for less well-known golfers
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as well.
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I think the segment of golf that has the most
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to gain from the Olympics is the Women's game.
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The LGPA in particular.
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And I don't think it's an accident that you're
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not seeing any LGPA players pass up this opportunity.
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You have Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, and Gerina Piller.
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A name who you might recognize because her husband
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Martin has actually contended on the PGA tour
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a few times this year.
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You have the dominant world number one Lydia Ko
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representing New Zealand who has said that the
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Olympics are her highest priority in 2016.
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South Korea will field four very strong players
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led by Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim.
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It's going to be as competitive as any women's
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major.
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So you don't get any money for winning
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an Olympic medal but the big, you know,
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carrot dangling in front of the eyes of these
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Olympian golfers is exemptions into all of the 2017
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majors, that's four for the men and five
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for the women.
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And, you know, if a golfer were going to win
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who is actually going to need those exemptions,
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it could be a huge story if that's what ultimately
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launched their career is winning an Olympic Gold medal
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to then get into golf's other great tournaments.
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