Date: August 11th-14th
Format: 4 days, 72 holes
Top 60 players according to Official World Golf Rankings
- Countries can have up to 4 golfers if they are all in the top 15 of the rankings. (United States was only country that had 4 within top 15)
- Otherwise, only 2 golfers per country
Golf is back! This is the first time that golf is in the Olympics since Canadian George Lyon won the gold medal. Don’t remember him? That’s because it was back in 1904 and the Canadian flag looked like this.
Unfortunately for golf, the top 4 players in the World Rankings will not be attending. The absence of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Dustin Johnson will be felt, but hopefully the competing golfers put on a show. For Golf’s sake, hopefully it is entertaining and high quality so that it helps its chances of it staying in the Olympics. The decision about whether to retain the Olympics past the 2020 Games will be made in 2017, so this is it, the lone Olympic stage for golf before its long-term future is decided.
I expect the top players to shine at the Olympics. Henrik Stenson has been playing well at the end of the season, and Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson have been outspoken about their enthusiasm for playing in the Olympics.
Gold: Henrik Stenson, Sweden (Maybe this will help him catch Zlatan Ibrahimovic).
Silver: Martin Kaymer, Germany
Bronze: Rickie Fowler, United States