Rankin: Olympic golf won me over


I have spent two weeks watching the Olympics. All of the golf! I really see it as a great success and opening a door for a lot of young people around the world who might now be fascinated by the game.

Why does it matter? Here are a few reasons.

First and foremost is the discovery of new and extraordinary talent. Just look at what South Korean players have shown us in just two decades. Secondly, an influx of new players worldwide to the game supports an industry that is meaningful to many thousands of people who work and support golf.

Also, we all see the benefit of sport in bringing people and cultures together. Common interests, common goals, and common experiences, working, winning and losing. I see this sport in the Olympic Games as a big winner, and I wasn't sure initially. You can always learn.

Judy Rankin, a Golf Channel analyst, is an LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer. Her commentaries also can be read at her website.