Big Guns back Olympic dream
The world’s leading golfers would relish the chance of competing in the 2016 Olympic Games.
The world’s leading golfers have given an enthusiastic response to the chance of competing in the 2016 Olympics.
Golf is one of the favourite new sports to be proposed by the International Olympic Committee’s executive board when it meets tomorrow in Berlin as one of two sports from seven candidates for addition to the 2016 Games.
The final vote for inclusion takes place at the IOC Congress in Copenhagen at the end of September and as they prepared for this week’s US PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, world No 1 Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia all said they would relish the chance of a shot at Olympic gold.
“I’d love to be an Olympian,” Harrington said. “Doesn’t that sound good? Imagine us being Olympic athletes. I think it would be fantastic for golf.”
The Irish three-time major winner said the high value placed on sportsmanship in the game made golf a perfect candidate for inclusion in the Olympics.
“As a golfer, I would think we have all the credentials to be Olympians.
“It seems like it was always destined to be an Olympic sport. I’m sure there’s a lot of athletes out there that would never see golf as a sport, but trying to explain that to somebody that doesn’t play golf, they will never understand what goes into golf.
“Most golfers realise what goes into it and will see it as being a natural sport for the Olympics.”
Garcia added: “I would love to see golf in the Olympics. I’ve always loved watching the Olympics. So to be able to be a part of the Olympics will be something unbelievable.”
Woods looked to the benefits of developing golf throughout the world that inclusion in the Games would bring.
“I think that golf is a truly global sport and I think it should have been in the Olympics a while ago,” Woods said.
“If it does get in, I think it would be great for golf and especially some of the other smaller countries that are now emerging in golf, I think it’s a great way for them to compete and play and get the exposure that some of these countries aren’t getting.”
Asked if he would play in 2016 should golf be voted in, Woods joked: “If I’m not retired by then.”
He then added: “Yes.”
European 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie was part of the delegation that presented golf’s case to the IOC in Lausanne earlier this year and he welcomed Woods’ commitment to the concept.
“I just hope and pray that golf is one of those seven sports that we were up against,” Montgomerie said
“It’s most possible I won’t be personally playing, but I heard that Tiger, unless he’s retired, which he won’t be, will play and I’m delighted that he’s put his name forward as well as a competitor, not just for himself but for the United States.
“That gives us all a boost and let’s hope it becomes an Olympic sport.”
Ian Poulter among three LIV Golf Series players to get Scottish Open reprieve
Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding have had their suspensions temporarily stayed.
Graeme McDowell shocked by people wishing him dead since switching to LIV Golf
The 2010 US Open champion acknowledged his switch to LIV was “about the money”.
JT Poston completes wire-to-wire victory at John Deere Classic
England’s Callum Tarren bogeyed two of his last four holes en route to a one-under 70 as he was forced to settle for equal-sixth place.
Adrian Meronk makes history for Poland as David Law celebrates Open berth
Meronk’s flying finish made him his country’s first winner on the DP World Tour.
Paul Casey becomes latest player to join LIV Golf series
He opted out of the inaugural Saudi International on the European Tour in 2019 citing concerns over the country’s human rights record.
Adrian Meronk has the edge as he aims to make Tour history for Poland
A third round of 68 at Mount Juliet means a one-shot advantage on a crowded leaderboard.
Shane Lowry birdies last four holes to make Irish Open cut
Jorge Campillo tops the leaderboard at the midway point.
Keith Pelley hits back at 16 players threatening DP World Tour with legal action
Pelley says the sanctions against players who competed in the first LIV Golf event are ‘proportionate’ and ‘fair’.
JT Poston takes two-shot lead at John Deere Classic
The 29-year-old also became the first player on record to open consecutive Tour events with 62 or better.
Ryan Fox surprised to be leading after opening round of Horizon Irish Open
The New Zealander carded a flawless 64 to set the pace at Mount Juliet.