|Written by Mike|
Bet on GolfThe sport of golf was included in some form in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics but it has never been played in this event since. However, it will all change in 2016 as golf will return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
How Will It Work?
The golf event at the 2016 Olympics will feature a par-72 18-hole course. The same standard rules of competitive golf will be used. A three-hole playoff will also be used to determine the winner if there is a tie for any of the first three positions.
Who Can Play?
The qualification process will be based on the world rankings on July 11, 2016. There will be sixty men and sixty women who will qualify for the golfing events. The top fifteen in each gender will qualify with a limit of four golfers from a single country in this field.
After this, the highest-ranked players with less than two golfers will qualify. This is to ensure that more golfers from a variety of countries and geographic areas will compete. This will make the competition more diverse than it was in 1904 when there are 74 American golfers and three Canadians.
What Will the Course Be?
The course that will be used is a brand new one built especially for the Olympics. The course will be in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood in the western area of the city.
The new course will be at the Reserva de Marapendi. It will be designed by Hanse Golf Course Design. Details on the specifics of the course have yet to be released as of May 2015 but it will be a par-72 course in accordance with the standards that were set up for this event.
The golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics will add to the extensive variety of exciting sports for people to watch during this massive event. This will especially be exciting as many of the top golfers in the world will be competing to go after the prestigious and coveted Gold Medal for the first time in more than a hundred years.