It’s been over a hundred years since the last Olympic medal was awarded to a golfer. But with the next Olympiad being held in 2012, a growing number of supporters want golf added back into the Olympic roster.
The argument usually boils down to something like this: golf is continuing to build in popularity around the world, while the Olympics are the top showcase for international athletics – a perfect match!
Hold the phone. Golf’s already doing pretty well with international concerns, if you ask me. The leaderboard at your average PGA event has a wide variety of flags next to those names, even more so in the LPGA. Don’t forget all the major events and tournaments with global interest like the Ryder Cup, the President’s Cup, the British Open, etc. The PGA European Tour is still going strong… So there’s no lack of golf & golfers from outside the US.
But even the Olympics would depend on the superstars showing up. That means the PGA would have to clear at least a couple weeks out of their prime time summer season, or risk running some events without the big names.
Also, what if those stars don’t show up? Tiger’s made it known he really only cares about winning majors, and while I’m sure he’d love a gold medal (if only to shut Michael Jordan up), an Olympics without Tiger Woods just doesn’t do it for me. Would a gold medal really count the same if it came against a Tiger-less (or Mickelson-less, or whoever-less) field? Not to this Caveman!
Alright Rock Heads, I’ve made my case, now it’s YOUR turn! Should golf be an Olympic sport?