A couple of weeks ago, we ran a GNN Poll asking readers about the interest level for Olympic golf among golfers and staff members who they regularly come in contact with and the results were hardly encouraging for the competition in Rio.
Only 14 per cent said interest was high, while 44 per cent indicted there was some interest, but another 42 per cent said, at that point, that nobody was talking about the upcoming Olympics.
Make that the just-concluded Olympics as you read this contribution. Golf’s return to the Olympics is done with England’s Justin Rose the gold medal winner in the men’s competition, with silver going to Henrik Stenson and bronze captured by Matt Kuchar of the U.S.
On the women’s side, South Korea’s Inbee Park took gold, with silver going to world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand and bronze to Shanshan Feng of China.
Both competitions provided some compelling play and we’re wondering if, once play began, that golfers began to take notice of what was happening in Rio. From a Canadian perspective, Brooke Henderson finished just outside the medals.
Did things change from just a few weeks ago? That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, we welcome hearing your thoughts in the Comments section below.
How would you describe the interest level of staff/golfers where you work while Olympic golf was in progress?
- Better than expected (31%)
- Some interest (31%)
- No interest (25%)
- High (13%)