Golf to make its third appearance at the Olympic Games in Rio
Golf has become a spectator sport as well an international game for golfers. Golf has now been added to the sports included in Olympics Rio this summer. The International Golf Federation chose to include golf, both men’s and women’s golf.
In the earlier times, golf was included in the 1904 Olympics and has not been included in the Games since. In October, 2015, the IOC met in Copenhagen and decided to reinstate golf as an official competition for the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2016, the game of golf is returning to the Olympics where two games have been scheduled – one for the men’s individual game and one for the women’s individual game. A new golf course has been constructed in part of the national forest reserve called Reserva de Marapendi outside the city or Rio de Janeiro. After the Games, it will be open to the public.
The Olympic Golf 2016 is open to only professional golfers. The eligible competitors will be based on the world ranking as of July 11, 2016. Both the events will have 60 players and they will be playing seventy-two holes.
The top 15 players for the men and top 15 players for the women will be eligible, regardless of what country they represent. The next 45 players of each gender will be named eligible as long as their country has not already been represented by 2 players (named in the first 15). This comprises the 60 players for each gender. The IOC has guaranteed 1 golfer for men and 1 for women will be from the host nation of Brazil, 1 player for men and 1 for women from each continent: Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania (Australia & near islands).