After Further Review: Olympic golf can work anywhere

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On golf's return to the Olympics and future in the Games ...

Two weeks, six medals, six different countries received those medals; Even that has to blow the minds of IGF officials who have led the charge for golf's return to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years. Seriously, what are the odds?

Both competitions were super compelling. The men made sure that we will only talk about those who were there from here on out. For those who weren't, you were not missed.

The women were all-in from the start and picked up where the men left off. Inbee Park won't get enough credit for her victory and that's a shame. She's one of the all-time greats who rebounded from injury and a tough year to blitz the field. And Lydia Ko dropping a birdie putt on the last hole to collect the silver medal was terrific.

Kudos to all who pulled this off and and kudos to all who played and enjoyed the Olympic experience. If it worked in Rio, it can work anywhere. The game, and the Games, are in good hands moving forward.  Jay Coffin


On women's golf's post-Olympics future in China ...

LPGA chief communications chief Kraig Kann posted a video on his Facebook page Saturday night showing a massive swarm of cameramen and photographers engulfing gold medalist Inbee Park, silver medalist Lydia Ko and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng in the wake of the medal ceremony in Rio.

There was no greater evidence of where Olympic golf already ranks in the women’s game. The winners of women’s majors have never been embraced by media like that.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said going to Rio that he hoped he could get a new wave of Olympic viewers to follow the LPGA to its regular tour stops the next two weeks in Canada and then beyond. It feels like new seeds were planted in Rio, and for women it will be exciting to see if they begin to sprout in China next month with the tour beginning its Asian swing there.

“I thought if anyone medals [from China], it’s going to change everything about golf in China,” Feng said. - Randall Mell


On possible tweaks to Olympic golf in 2020 ...

As good as the last two weeks at the Olympics were, and they were good, it's worth turning our attention to Tokyo and the 2020 Games.

Although it's hard to argue that both the men's and women's competitions were compelling, many agree there is room for improvement going forward and officials with the International Golf Federation allowed that they were open to adjusting the format.

For starters, officials should consider playing the two events concurrently, alternating the waves each day. This would give the women's competition a boost and save time.

Officials should also consider adding a team element to the competition, which would fit nicely into the Olympic vibe and, if scheduled correctly, wouldn't require the athletes to spend any additional time at the Games. - Rex Hoggard