Is Golf in the Olympics : Golf back in the Olympics

In 1900, 1904, and 2016:  golf has been in the Olympics thrice. For the fourth time, the summer Olympics of 2020 was supposed to involve golf. Due to the Covid-19 concern, the summer Olympics of 2020 will now be held on 23 July 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

If you are excited about the participation of golf in the next summer Olympics, then I, as a golf enthusiast, would love to mention that I am not a bit less excited than you are!

On the eve of the summer  Olympics, let us have some insights regarding the participation of golf in the Olympics

Is Golf in the Olympics

Golf in the Olympics 1900 : The first time

The first incident of Golf taking part in the Olympics happened more than 100 years ago. In 1900, for the first time, golf was introduced in the Olympics.

The hosting nation of that Olympics was France. The place that the Olympics took place was Paris.

Almost all of the participants had not had any concern that they were participating in the Olympics.

Both men and women participated in that tournament in two divisions.

The men’s division participated in a 36-hole format (two 18-hole rounds), whereas the women’s division participated in a 9-hole format.

A total number of four nations and 22 players participated in that tournament.

The winner of the men’s division was Charles Sand and the winner of the women's division was Margaret Abbott.

Winner of the men's division

Name

nation

winner

Charles Sands

United States

Gold

Walter Rutherford

Great Britain

Silver

David Robertson

Great Britain

Bronze

Winner of the women's divisions

Name

nation

winner

Margaret Abbott

United States

Gold

Pauline Whittier

United States

Silver

Daria Pratt

United States

Bronze

Golf in the Olympics 1904: The second one

The second incident of golf taking part in the Olympics was in 1904.

The game played in two divisions. Both in individual and team divisions, around 77 golfers from Canada and United States participated in that tournament.

The winner of the individual division was George Lyon.

The winner of the team division was Western Golf Association from the United States.

Winner in the individual division

Name

nation

winner

George Lyon

Canada

Gold

Chandler Egan

United States

Silver

Burt McKinnie and Francis Newton

United States

Bronze

Winner in the team division

Team

nation

winner

Western Golf Association

United States

Gold

Trans-Mississippi Golf Association

United States

Silver

United States Golf Association

United States

Bronze

Golf in the Olympics 2016: The third time

After 2016, the participation of golf at any Olympic tournament was barren and fruitless. It was not before 2016 that any golf tournament happened in the Olympics.

The summer Olympics of 2016 that held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the third and final incident of golf taking part in any Olympics events.

The game was played between 60 players in two different categories (men’s and women’s).

All players of both categories participated in a 72-hole format( 4, 18-hole round).

The winner of the male’s division was Justin Rose from Great Britain.

The winner of the women’s division was Inbee Park from South Korea.

Winner in the men’s division

Name

Nation

Winner

Justin Rose

Great Britain

Gold

Henrik Stenson

Sweden

Silver

Matt Kuchar

United States

Bronze

Winner in the women’s division

Name

Nation

Winner

Inbee Park

South Korea

Gold

Lydia Ko

New Zealand

Silver

Shanshan Feng

China

Bronze

Are the summer Olympics of 2020 going to be held?

Yes, the summer Olympics of 2020 is going to be held on July 23, 2021.

Although the incident was supposed to happen in 2020, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic situation keeps no space for the events to take place in time. The world is right now recuperating from the grasp of this infectious virus, and if everything goes right, and the vaccine works as expected, it is confirmed that the next event of the summer Olympics is going to be held in July this year (2021).

Is golf on the list for the 2020 summer Olympics?

If you are a golf enthusiast, you probably want Golf to be included in the Olympic events. That last Olympics of 2016 that included Golf gave a signal that all the next Olympic events are going to include golf on the list, which is obviously great news for all golf lovers.

Since sports is connecting the whole world, no sports must be rationalized under the trimmer. There is no doubt about the fact that golf has been played throughout the whole world for more than 300 years. Thus golf deserves a place in the Olympics. Though golf was later included on the list, it surely is going to enhancethe reputation of golf and the Olympics to a great extent.

In which formats golf will be played in the 2020 summer Olympics?

60 men and 60 women, depending on the world rankings, will participate in the 2020 summer Olympics that is supposed to happen in Tokyo, Japan in July 2021.

The game will be played in a 72-hole format(four 18-hole rounds).

Depending on the score made by the players, players will be awarded gold, silver, and the bronze medal.

The lower the score of a player, the better golfer he used to be.

Why golf was lately included?

There are certain reasons why golf took a long time to be included on the list of the Olympics events. One of the most essential reasons is that golf is a complex game. It requires so many speculations. Another reason is that completing a round of golf takes a lot of time.

Whatever maybe the reasons, now that golf is included, everyone should be happy for the betterment of sports and sportsmanship.

Final words

The popularity of golf throughout the whole world is increasing rapidly. It was a sorrowful incident that despite being that much popular, golf is not on the list of Olympic events. 2016 Olympics was the first since 1904 that any Olympics event included golf on the list. Whatever has happened, happened in the past. Now that golf is included, every golf enthusiast should cheer up about the fact.

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