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Golf Australia Express : Issue 47
millionaire professionals another shiny piece of jewellery and some added bragging rights. Of course golf’s inclusion alone at the 2016 Rio Olympics does not guarantee its success—we need only look at the sport's first crack for proof of that. Golf was first featured at the 1900 Paris Games and then again at the 1904 St Louis Games, with six nations represented in total (only the USA and Canada competed at St Louis). By anyone’s definition, it failed dismally first time around and there are now more steps to overcome than a Brazilian dance to make sure its reinstatement is more successful. While golf is guaranteed another spot at the 2020 Games, a good impression at Rio is essential to its continued inclusion. Simply put, we better get it right this time. CHALLENGES For a sport that has been so insular and exclusive of its own making for decades, there’s a real irony that its guardians now want to push golf to the far reaches of the globe, into hands of pitching paupers and football-fanatic potential putters. It seems they’ve cottoned on golf won’t survive without expansion and an Olympic berth is the quickest way to break the shackles of elitism that has stalled golf’s global growth. So what challenges lie ahead? For starters, finding a format that encourages burgeoning golf nations to compete at the Olympics will be difficult. As it stands, the proposed competition at Rio will be a 72-hole individual stroke play tournament for both men and women—no different to what we see each week on the major tours. Differentiating an Olympic golf event from an everyday tour event could be a tricky one to solve. After all, outside weekly PGA and European tournaments we already have four majors, four World Golf Championships and The Players to take our interest. What’s one more, only with medals? The proposed format is not set in stone—Peter Dawson from the International Golf Federation has already suggested as much— but it’s unlikely the International Olympic Committee would be easily convinced of a format change. The importance of a large number of nations competing in golf at Rio cannot be understated either. While that shouldn’t be too difficult a task given the number of countries represented Golf’s golden era starts with Olympic success at Rio 2016 and while it might seem a fairytale dream, dreams do come true at the Olympics. COVER STORY THE DIGITALLY ENHANCED IMAGE
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