Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour’s chief marketing o cer and vice president of the IGF. “But bottom line, the world of golf got together like it never has before to get this done.And when the players get there, at some point they are going to feel goose bumps and the hair rising on the back of their neck, and they are going to know they are at the very pinnacle of sport, and they are going to realise,‘This is what I can do in our sport.’And I believe they’re going to go back home and say,‘It was worth it.’ ”
If so, it will mean the Olympics will be very good for golf. Perhaps even to the point that golf will be deemed good for the Olympics. Besides national pride and everlasting glory, the gold medallists will receive exemptions into professional majors: four tournaments for the men’s winner in 2017 and five for the women (the Evian Championship in 2016 and four majors in 2017). If you’re just learning about this, it’s too late for you. The 60 players in each event were set according to the men’s and women’s rankings on July 11. The top-15 players are exempt, with a max of four players per country. Beyond that, each country without two or more in the top 15 gets no more than two players. As the host, Brazil is guaranteed one entrant, and Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania will each get at least one player.