Golf added to 2016 Olympics

A concerted effort by the world’s leading golf organizations has resulted in the inclusion of golf as an Olympic medal sport in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It marks the first time golf will have been an Olympic sport since the 1904 Games in St. Louis, when the U.S. and Canada were the only contestants.
The push for golf’s inclusion was led by the International Golf Federation Olympic Golf Committee, headed by Exective Director Ty Votaw, vice president of the PGA Tour. Golf passed the final vote on Oct. 7 by a tally of 63-27 with two abstentions.
Golf executives say that the Olympics approval will help generate stronger government support for the game in countries such as China and India where there is potential for explosive growth. The hope is that these new markets will spur greater worldwide interest in golf participation, especially in non-western countries. 
Rugby sevens also was added for the 2016 Games, earning approval on a vote of 81-8, with one abstention. Both also were approved for the 2020 Olympics
Tiger Woods and other top pros worldwide sent taped messages of support prior to the IOC vote, and both Padraig Harrington and Michelle Wie addressed the Committee members in person.
The initial golf format calls for 60 participants in a four-day medal play tournament, with the top three finishers earning gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. The selection of players for the competition will be based in large part on the world rankings.


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