"Golf's Return to the Olympics"
By mustang6560 on 7/31/12
The Golf Channel, which is owned by NBC (the exclusive network of the Olympics in the US), is aptly using the 2012 Summer Games in London to remind golf fans around the world that our game is making its return to the Olympics in four years (and you'll be able to watch in on NBC).

To promote golf's return, The Golf Channel created a "Golf's Return to the Olympics" series is featuring several popular golfers in 30-second spots answering the question, "What would it mean to represent your country in the Olympics?" Below is Keegan Bradley, Paula Creamer, Trevor Immelman, and Belen Mozo sharing their responses.

I imagine it would be awesome to win a gold medal, but I wonder if you asked Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson or any other professional golfer, would you rather win a green jacket at The Masters or a gold medal at the Olympics, which would he choose? If I had to speculate, I'd say the majority would choose the former.












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mjaber says:
Considering the great golfers that never won an Olympic gold medal, I think the responses to your Masters vs. Olympic Gold question might surprise you. A number of "Dream Team" members put the gold in '92 above their NBA World Title and even their MVP awards.
7/31/12
 
birdieXris says:
I"m still curious as to how this is going to work. Basically are we going to have an olympic version of the ryder cup? I'm not really interested in seeing the people that i watch week in and week out compete in the olympic games. I'd much rather see amateurs only.
7/31/12
 
mjaber says:
@birdie... right now, it's basically just another boring, 4 round, stroke-play event (1 for men, 1 for women). I believe the criteria starts with the top 50 in the OWGR, and there's some additional stipulations regarding the number of participants per country. They are thinking about doing some team play/match play/Ryder Cup style events as well, which I think is the better way to go.
7/31/12
 
gpickin says:
4 man scramble :)
That way even the countries with lower ranked players might pip the other teams now and then :)
I was thinking about 2 man team, one pro one amateur and stuff like that to spice things up... could be interesting.

I think the team idea is an option for 20/20 but 2016 is pretty much set as traditional teamplay.
I wonder if stableford would be an option too.
Who knows.
7/31/12
 
jpjeffery says:
"...NBC (the exclusive provider of the Olympics)..."?

I think you mean "...NBC (the exclusive provider of the Olympics in the US)..."

OobGolf is a WORLD WIDE Web site, Mustang. :)
7/31/12
 
rmetz676 says:
Viva España!!!


...Sorry, what were we talking about again?
7/31/12
 
mustang6560 says:
@jpjeffery :)
7/31/12
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
rmetz676: Great line. Too bad that Norway is leading Spain in the medal count, 1-0... :-P
8/1/12
 
mjaber says:
@gpickin... sadly, there is no team play currently set for 2016. It's only traditional stroke play.
8/1/12
 
Banker85 says:
Amatuers? NO THANKS...
8/1/12
 
rmetz676 says:
Since golf is not yet an Olympic event, how about a column on a "similar" sport that is... like... Women's Field Hockey?? I mean, they hit a ball with a stick, right?
8/1/12
 
birdieXris says:
I think they need to do more with it than a 4 round stroke play event. Technically, we've got that right now. I'm struggling with the fact that there may be, somewhere in obscurity, better players than those on the euro and PGA tours that will make the olympic squad and that come 2016, i will be watching just another round of golf for the year. I want to see teams and i want to see a solid point system. Most of all, i want to see amateurs.
8/1/12
 
Banker85 says:
I think bridx is preparing to be an olympian in 2016
8/1/12
 
tennesseeboy says:
Patterned after the way swimming events work, here are the golf events that I think should be added to the Olympics. Give seperate metals for stoke play on a par 3, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000 yard courses and putt-putt for left handed golfers and right handed golfers. That's 12 metals. Then 12 more metals for the same format but match play. Then again for four man and two man best ball scramble, worse ball scramble and alternate stoke team play. Then we have long driving competions with all the clubs graphite and steal shafts left hand and right hand. Of course all these events would be for men and women. I'm not sure about my math but I think that's 320 Olympic events. Not as many as swimming but it's a start.
8/2/12
 
mjaber says:
Stuart Cink just came out and said he thinks that they should just do a long drive compeition.
8/2/12
 
larrynjr says:
I agree with birdieXris, amateurs is the way to go. We already know the pro's can play. Lots of good formats, best ball, worst ball scrambles. Amateur / pro teams would be a good crowd draw........
8/2/12
 
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