PAUL MCGIN­LEY

Ire­land’s Olympic golf cap­tain is ex­cited about the tour­na­ment in Rio and the chance to put the sport in the shop win­dow...

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

What are your thoughts on the Olympic for­mat? I think it’s dy­namic, it will evolve over time. I think it was nec­es­sary. In or­der to rein­tro­duce golf into the Olympics, the view was taken that we needed to do it in the sim­plest way pos­si­ble to hit the ground run­ning, and that was to have a 72-hole tour­na­ment. I’d agree with that pol­icy. It was about get­ting golf back in and try­ing to make it as smooth as pos­si­ble. We’re all fa­mil­iar with 72-hole events – they are the eas­i­est ones to run and we want to make this rein­tro­duc­tion as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. I’d be in agree­ment with that. I’d like to think that post the Olympics they will sit down, and maybe when there’s a bit more time and a lit­tle bit after hav­ing the first edi­tion out of the way, they will come up with some ideas about evolv­ing and mak­ing it a lit­tle bit more in­ter­est­ing.

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