A missed op­por­tu­nity

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

I doubt I’m alone in think­ing the Olympic golf was a wasted op­por­tu­nity. This isn’t down to Rose et al who were fan­tas­tic am­bas­sadors for the game. The is­sue was the for­mat. To in­tro­duce golf to the masses with a four-day stroke play com­pe­ti­tion was flawed (in fact, you called it months ago).

Sand­wiched be­tween the dy­namic, ex­cit­ing and swift gym­nas­tics and cy­cling, the golf fi­nale felt pedes­trian and, dare I say it, dull.

The al­ways en­thralling Ry­der Cup is just a few weeks away and a match­play for­mat would have been a much more ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion. So I hope the pow­ers that be give us a team match-play tour­na­ment in Tokyo. Four-balls would be won­der­ful – played over nine holes even bet­ter. Tiger de Souza, via email

Although it was a fit­ting fi­nale for both Justin and Hen­rik to go head to head and their com­mit­ment was com­mend­able, I do hope the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee re­alises the er­ror of its ways in pick­ing golf as an Olympic sport. Golf is no more an Olympic sport than darts, snooker and ten-pin bowl­ing. Steve Bur­ford, via email

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