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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.

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