It is believed the IOC's desire to see Tiger Woods participate ensures the success of the application. Woods was originally cool to the idea, but encouragement from his sponsor, Nike, may have softened his stance.
It has been more than 100 years since Canada's George Lyon won the last gold medal for golf in 1904. Participants would play a 72-hole stroke-play competition with individual and team medals.
The venue for the 2008 Olympics will be announced with Paris, Toronto, Beijing, Istanbul and Osaka vying.
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