I was watching the golf channel late last night and they were talking about golf possibly becoming an olympic sport in the future. I am not against golf becoming an olympic but I dont think its a good idea because they already have four majors, the Fedexcup playoffs, the Ryder Cup, and the Presidents Cup. With all those events when the olympics come along it seems like it would be hard to schedule around that.
The Olympics is only every four years so it wouldn't create that big of a scheduling conflict. The powers to be are triyng to grow the game of golf worldwide and this is a great way to do so. I think they should have 4-5 man teams and play a mini Ryder Cup format.
I think it would be great to see it, if it was set-up as a match play format, but I am doubtful we will ever see all of the top golfers in the world compete. First of all, it was mentioned that the top 15 golfers would automatically be in, regardless of their nationality. Then, there would be another 30 golfers allowed in from those countries that didn't already have 2 golfers in the top 15 (how those 15 countries are determined is a little sketchy, but I'm sure the IOC can find some corrupt way of making it happen). So, we aren't even guaranteed to see the top 45 golfers in the world. Now, throw in the fact that there are three majors (The US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA) which all happen every June, July and August, and the timing of golf for the Olympics is in direct contrast with the top prizes in golf. But wait--what about September, you say? OK, we can do that, but after 9/11 the Ryder cup moved to even years, so now it is going to occur in September during Olympic years (unless the powers that be want to move it back to odd years). So, we aren't even guaranteed to get the top 15 golfers in the world, because some of them are sure to blow-off the Olympics in favor or the majors and the Ryder Cup.
I say let's get golf in the Olympics but let's make it about amateur golfers!