With only 101 days to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics we bring you the beginners guide to the sports of the XXXI Olympiad. This week I take a look at womens golf.
Olympic golf has found itself in the media in the past week with subtle headlines such as “Dawn Fraser tears Adam Scott a new one” gracing our news feeds. Golf is making its comeback to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years. Whether it should be or not….well that’s a topic for another blog in itself…
The tournament will be a 72 hole individual stroke play format. In the event of a tie for the medal positions, these will be determined by a 3 hole playoff. Qualification will be based on the International Golf Federation world rankings with the top 15 players (male and female) qualifying with a limit of 4 golfers per country. Additional qualifying rules apply to fill the remaining spots.
Who to watch?? Lydia Ko the teenage sensation from New Zealand (lydiako.co.nz) is at the time of writing this blog the world’s number 1 ranked womens golfer and has declared herself available for the Olympics. The top Aussie, Minjee Lee, is ranked at 12. The Koreans lead the charge with 5 golfers in the top ten.
I will be watching with interest over the coming months to see which professional golfers declare themselves available for the Olympics and which will be watching on their TV’s along with Adam Scott. Just as interesting will be whether the audience embraces golf as a true “Olympic sport”.