When Olympic golf gets underway next week, it will be about the players who are in the Rio as opposed to the ones who aren’t there, which has been the case in the months leading up to golf’s return after 112 years.
Since it was first announced in 2009 that golf would be included once again in the Olympics, the game has been targeted by those who feel it isn’t a sport and other athletes, who believe golfers don’t bring the true spirit of the Games to Rio because they can’t hang around start to finish.
Of course, there’s been the withdrawal of marquee players, particularly on the men’s side reportedly due to the Zika virus, but quite likely also because of political and financial upheaval in Rio, safety concerns and a busy PGA Tour schedule. Pick one or all as reasons for all the WDs.
That, however, will be examined later as golf’s future in the Olympics is pondered in the aftermath.
For now, the spotlight is on competition and despite the controversies, Canadians will be cheering for Graham DeLaet and David Hearn on the men’s side and Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp in women’s play.
The men will play Aug. 11-14, with the women teeing it up Aug. 17-20.
Is golf’s return to the Olympics causing an excitement at the golf operation where you’re employed? Is anybody talking about it? Will it get the same attention as the just-concluded PGA Championship or Ricoh Women’s British Open?
The level of interest is the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, if you’d like to add more thoughts on this topic, please used the Comments section below.
What’s the interest level for Olympic golf among golfers/staff at the operation where you work?
- Some interest (44%)
- Never hear a word about it (42%)
- High (14%)