8 Changes We’d Like to See for the 2020 Olympic Golf Tournament
Golf has made three appearances at the Olympic Games: 1900, 1904 and 2016. Though it’s reappearance in the Rio Games was controversial, with many of the world’s top players turning down their invitation to compete, on many accounts it was a successful addition to the program. And, in an age where golf needs to attract a wider audience, the Olympics could prove to be a vital marketing tool.
“Bring back the Olympic Trophy. You’ve seen the hardware they handed out in 1904, right? Besides, an Olympic medal is inimitable, but you can’t drink out of it.”
Looking forward to 2020, discussions have begun as to the best way to present golf on the Olympic stage once again. Should the event be a team competition, should the tour schedule be clearer in Olympic years allowing the biggest names the time to compete, should the field be bigger or smaller?
Golf Digest’s Joel Beall makes eight suggestions which he feels will improve Olympic Golf and help it become a mainstay sport in the Games.