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